1 note April 13, 2012 Newark Mayor Cory Booker was taken to a hospital Thursday night for treatment of smoke inhalation he suffered trying to rescue his next-door neighbors from their burning house. “I just grabbed her and whipped her out of the bed,” Booker said in recounting the fire. Booker told The Star-Ledger he also suffered second-degree burns on his hand. Newark Mayor Cory Booker taken to hospital after rescuing woman from house fire | NJ.com All other mayors should just concede defeat. If you aren’t Cory Booker you aren’t really The Mayor.