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Cory Booker, Newark Mayor, Digs Out City Himself

This is not something you hear about every day: Newark Mayor Cory Booker not only helped plow the city out on Monday and Tuesday, he also tweeted about it. Booker took plow suggestions via Twitter, and retweeted citizens’ requests in an effort to draw attention to the unplowed areas. In some extreme cases, Booker dug the cars out himself. “Just dug a car out on Springfield Ave and broke the cardinal rule: ‘Lift with your Knees!!’ I think I left part of my back back there,” he tweeted on Monday. Booker's heroic response is a stark contrast with NYC's Mike Bloomberg, who is urging patience in the face of mounting criticism, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has taken flak for vacationing in Disney World during the storm.