|Newark Mayor Cory Booker|
Mr. Luciano continues his commentary about the moderate-liberal Democratic politician: "In April 2012, Booker rescued his neighbor's daughter from a burning house. Heroic as this was, he undermined his brave act by immodestly holding a 20-minute press conference about it. And once again as the Times observed, Booker's theatrics served to obscure an inconvenient reality: the city 'had eliminated three fire companies after the mayor’s plan to plug a budget hole failed.'"
More from Mr. Luciano: "By now, Booker's barely-restrained egomania should be apparent even to casual observers of his mayorship, and this trait lends itself to taking certain liberties that can cause serious trouble for politicians. Given the city of Newark's dire financial situation and atrocious poverty rates, it needs a full-time mayor — not a celebrity interested in building his own brand."