Why Cory Booker Likes Being Mayor of Newark

Not everyone is

Michael Christopher Brown for TIME

Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, NJ, enters his SUV at City Hall while en route to a meeting.

Many residents of newark, N.J., long one of America's most troubled cities and favorite punch lines, would love to hop on the next bus down the Turnpike and never look back. Sure, the city has made strides since its devastating race riots in 1967 — there's a sparkling-new downtown arena, some bright residential complexes, the gestation of a hipster scene. But Newark is still a drug-infested, poverty-stricken place where rubble piles up on Park Avenue and the shabby Hotel Riviera sits across the street from an auto-parts joint, around the corner from an abandoned five-story building.

So if Newark...

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