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Mayor Cory Booker helps with random guy's marriage proposal

Newark Mayor Cory Booker is hip to what the kids are doing.

Mayor Cory Booker helps with random guy's marriage proposal

Newark Mayor Cory Booker speaks to delegates during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Newark Mayor Cory Booker speaks to delegates during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Newark Mayor Cory Booker is hip to what the kids are doing. When he's not rescuing freezing dogs or saving people from burning buildings, he's tuned-in to the Twitters and other social media sites. Recently, a supporter reached out to Booker on Twitter, looking to enlist the Mayor's help with a planned marriage proposal.

Israel Burns wanted to propose to his girlfriend, Misha Wright, at the Asian American Bar Association of New York's annual dinner at Cipriani Wall on Wednesday night. He asked Mayor Booker for help.

"I was trying to think of the most creative way to do the proposal," Burns told BuzzFeed. "Misha is also a huge supporter and fan of Cory Booker's, and so I wanted to incorporate him somehow."

"Ten minutes after I posted it on Twitter, he responded. I was like, 'Wait is he serious about this? Is it actually possible?'" Burns said.

Booker wasn't in the city, so he helped via cell phone.

"At the event, I'm going to tell her I'm going to the bathroom and have her hold my cell phone," said Burns. "At 6:50 p.m., Cory is gonna call and tell her that he found me at the event and that she should come upstairs to the second floor, at the VIP section."

Instead of meeting Mayor Booker, Wright got a marriage proposal.

But instead of Booker waiting upstairs, it would be Burns, with two glasses of champagne, a ring, and a poem he wrote for the occasion, he said.

She said yes. Mayor Booker said that the whole thing went pretty smoothly and that he was happy to help out.

Asked why he decided to respond to Burns, Booker said, "You know, I'm a romantic guy and I love to help with surprises. It's the first time I've conspired with somebody on a marriage proposal," he said.

"Taking a few minutes out of my hectic day to be a small part of that was a gift to me," said the mayor.

On Thursday morning, Burns and Wright left for a vacation together in the Dominican Republic. Tough life. [h/t BuzzFeed]

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