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Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty sit together at Wednesday's "Brick City" screening. (Nancy Ostertag)

Washington's Adrian Fenty is a young, dynamic African American mayor with a national profile. Newark's Cory Booker is a young, dynamic African American mayor with a national profile. So it was fun to see the two politicians at Wednesday's screening of "Brick City," a film about Booker's efforts to clean up his city.

"Imagine my excitement when I heard this documentary was about a tall, good-looking, bald-headed mayor," Fenty deadpanned to the crowd.

"I do love when we're standing next to each other, so people will know we are not the same person," Booker replied with a grin.

Booker, 40, was born in the District but grew up in New Jersey; after stints at Stanford, Oxford and Yale, he was elected mayor of Newark in 2006. The charismatic bachelor has attracted plenty of attention, including friendships with Arianna Huffington and Oprah's BFF Gayle King, and a job offer (which he turned down) from Barack Obama.

Two years ago, filmmakers Mark Benjamin and Marc Levin approached Booker about "Brick City," a five-part series airing next week on the Sundance Channel: Think "West Wing" meets "The Wire" -- except the mayor, police and gang members work together to save their town. Wednesday's screening at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association included producer Forest Whitaker, Obama staffer Kalpen Modi (remember, that's what we're calling him now) and other like-minded do-gooders.

"One of my hopes is that the film doesn't lead people to define or confine Newark based on what they see," said Booker. "Newark is so much more than a battle against crime."


By The Reliable Source  |  September 18, 2009; 1:03 AM ET
 
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Unfortunately for DC the African-American
Mayor with a national profile Adrian Fenty most resembles substantively and physically is Ray Nagin. Separated at birth apparently!

Newark gets a DC born Stanford and Ozford educated executive, we get a crooked lawyer with attitude.

Posted by: SoCali | September 18, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Being bald is the ONLY thing these two have in common, as Fenty sure AIN'T no Booker!

Posted by: clw96 | September 18, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Cory Booker is the kind of mayor that DC voters thought Adrian Fenty would be. Unfortunately, Fenty is a disappointment.

Posted by: bluesette01 | September 23, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

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