As the tri-state area and beyond congratulates Newark Mayor Cory Booker for saving a woman from a fire and totally out-superheroing the nonchalant snack man and Ryan Gosling, we wonder how New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg feels. After all, in a compare/contrast list of the things they've done, Bloomberg sort of falls short in the "saving a woman from a burning home" department. Does this mean, however, that he is not a hero? We've compiled a few key moments in the history of both mayors for a compelling face-off between the two. We'll start with today's news:
Cory Booker... Rushed into a burning building last night to help rescue a woman inside, whipping her out of bed and outside, suffering smoke inhalation and burns to his hands. In doing so, he defied his security detail, who had tried to hold him back. He also believed he might not escape with his life.
Mike Bloomberg... Is almost at the top of the "ultraexclusive waiting list" to purchase a hybrid helicopter-plane that will cost between $5 million and $30 million. One time, when it was very foggy and La Guardia was delayed, per The Times' Christine Haughney, "the mayor and several lawmakers were waiting to travel to Albany for a news conference on state pension reform. So Mr. Bloomberg offered to fly his guests, who included James P. Molinaro, the Staten Island borough president; Thomas M. Roach, the mayor of White Plains; a mayoral aide, Micah C. Lasher; and a security officer, in his helicopter instead." Haughney also writes:
Back in 1976, when Mr. Bloomberg was training to become a pilot, he nearly encountered disaster as he flew alone off the coast of Connecticut.
“I wasn’t sure what was going on in the engine compartment behind me, but I certainly knew I was falling and couldn’t breathe. I was going down,” he wrote in his autobiography. He landed on an island and ultimately put out the helicopter fire himself.
Cory Booker...Was celebrated for his efforts spent shoveling snow and digging cars out during the 2010 blizzard, and personally delivered diapers to a woman in need of them for her baby.