NJ's Booker defends Twitter exchange with stripper

2:48 PM, Sep 27, 2013   |    comments
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NEWARK, N.J. -- U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker says the disclosure that he messaged with a stripper isn't going to change anything about how he uses Twitter.

The Democratic mayor of Newark, N.J., told reporters Thursday he communicates with thousands of people on Twitter and doesn't pay attention to their handles or profession.

He says "when somebody like this person extends kindness my way, I respond in kind."

The 44-year-old Booker, who is single, exchanged direct messages earlier this year with Lynsie Lee. She works at a vegan strip club in Portland, Ore., called Casa Diablo.

Lee provided a screenshot of the exchange Wednesday to the website BuzzFeed.

Associated Press

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