Cory Booker, Ras Baraka Among The Root’s ‘Top 100’ List

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and former mayor and current U.S. Senator Cory Booker were named on The Root's top 100 influential African Americans. Pictured is Baraka posing with The Root's publisher, Donna Byrd.(Handout)
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and former mayor and current U.S. Senator Cory Booker were named on The Root’s top 100 influential African Americans. Pictured is Baraka posing with The Root’s publisher, Donna Byrd.(Handout)

Well, Newark’s most recent mayors have at least one thing in common.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and former mayor and current U.S. Sen. Cory Booker were named on The Root’s “Top 100” list of influential African Americans.

The online magazine analyzed a list of 500 nominees submitted by readers for the most influential African American leaders under the age of 45.

Booker (D-N.J.) was etched out the No. 3 slot, just behind The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates and television writer Shonda Rhimes.

The magazine praised Booker for becoming the first African-American U.S. senator to represent New Jersey, after winning a special election after incumbent Frank Lautenberg died in office.

The magazine described Booker as a “shrewd tactician wrapped in plucky #GoNewJersey! earnestness” who has commands a broad audience in social media.

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Source: NJ.com | Naomi Nix | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

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