At National Review Online, Eliana Johnson has a piece documenting many of the unanswered questions about the life and career of New Jersey senator Cory Booker. Johnson provides this example for how the Democratic senator's stories about himself don't always add up:
Cory Booker may be the most puzzling man in the Senate. We don’t know where he lives. We don’t know whom, if anyone, he lives with. And he’s been caught in lie after lie about his heroics. Yet, this enigma of a man has emerged as the king of odd-couple bromance, using selfies and Instagram posts to burnish his stardom even as he appears surprisingly vulnerable in his upcoming bid for reelection.
Take, as an instance of his mysteriousness, his reported affinity for “mani-pedis.” While mayor of Newark, Booker told Du Jour magazine that he “found this 24-hour mani-pedi place” where he went “in the middle of the night.”
“It’s this guilty pleasure,” he confessed. “Look, manis are good, but pedis — there’s something . . . transformative.” After reading the interview, I made a trip to the public library in Newark, where I found the phone numbers of all of the nail establishments in the city, at least the ones listed in the phonebook. I called them to ask about their hours, and none of them claimed to be open all night. In fact, there’s only one salon in all of New York City that’s open 24 hours a day. When I showed the employees there a picture of Booker and asked if he was a customer, they told me they’d never seen him. A spokesman for the senator declined to tell me where he got his nails done.
Be sure to read the whole thing here. The campaign of Booker's Republican opponent, Jeff Bell, liked the piece so much it sent the link to its press email list—a list that included Booker Senate staffer Nichole Sessego. Here's what happened next, according to Johnson:
One staffer in Cory Booker’s Senate office has a message for his opponent: “Suck it.”
That’s certainly at odds with Booker’s reputation for politeness and collegiality, but when Booker’s opponent, the former Reagan administration official Jeff Bell circulated my piece this morning, he got a response from Nichole Sessego, a Booker staffer who runs his (robust) digital operation. “JEFF BELL CAN SUCK IT,” Sessego wrote. The email was apparently intended for somebody else: Sessego noted that she’d already seem the piece “in the clips,” a reference to the news articles routinely circulated in Senate offices.
One thing that may explain the Booker's camp's testiness: A recent poll showed Bell within 10 points of Booker.