His slate of city council candidates, known as the "Booker Team", swept the council elections, giving Booker firm leadership of the city government.
On April 3, 2010, Booker announced his campaign for reelection.
Booker gained national attention when, on December 28, 2010, a constituent used Twitter to ask him to send someone to her father's house to shovel his driveway because her elderly father was going to attempt to do it himself.The proposed changes included increasing police forces, ending background checks for many city jobs to help former offenders find employment in the city, refurbishing police stations, improving city services, and expanding summer youth programs.One of Booker's first priorities was to reduce the city's crime rate.His first term saw to the doubling of affordable housing under development and the reduction of the city budget deficit from 0 million to million. Senate special election ultimately becoming the first black U. During his five years in office, he has voted on key legislation concerning U. economic, environmental, foreign, and national defense policy.Re-elected in 2010, his second term failed to meaningfully revitalize Newark's economy but his personal involvement in public service earned him a national presence. He has been a leading voice in bipartisanship throughout his political career garnering praise and criticism from the left and right.
Booker began his political career as a Newark city councilor from 1998 to 2002.