BRICK CITY Mayor Cory Booker saves woman from burning building, causes all social media platforms to explode

I like to do a quick scan of Facebook and Twitter before I go to bed. I just can’t sleep if I think I might be last person to know about some sort of Kardashian disaster, a North Korean missile extravaganza or capybaras that look like Rafael Nadal. So you can imagine my horror, and concern, when I saw this tweet from Newark Mayor Cory Booker last night:

@CoryBooker Thanks 2 all who are concerned. Just suffering smoke inhalation. We got the woman out of the house. We are both off to hospital. I will b ok

And thanks to BRICK CITY Executive Producer, Mark Benjamin, I got the full story (via Politico) on how the mayor is now a full-fledged superhero! When Booker got home last night, he saw smoke and flames pouring out of the building next door. So he ran in (with his security detail, natch) to look for anybody who might be trapped. Since the building’s residents are his neighbors, Booker knew who he was looking for…a woman who lived in the apartment that was on fire.

“I actually wasn’t thinking. When I got there and couldn’t find her in all the smoke, looked behind me and saw the kitchen really erupting with flames all over the ceiling, that’s when I had very clear thoughts that I’m not going to get out of this place alive and got … very religious.

But, he did. The Mayor told CBS This Morning it was a real “come to Jesus moment”. We call it making the rest of us look bad. Booker was treated for some minor smoke inhalation at a local hospital. And that lady? She’s in stable condition…and a bit concerned about how budget cuts are impacting the Newark Fire Department because Cory Booker can’t do it all himself, people.

UPDATE: And there’s a SuperCoryBooker Tumblr. Although our favorite ode to Newark’s SuperMayor comes from some guy running for office in New Hampshire:

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