Newark Mayor Cory Booker Tweets With Stripper From Oregon

His massive 35 point lead in the race for NJ Senator has dwindled to 12 points in a Q poll released Tuesday. That was before this story hit.
Are we getting close to the possibility of a Republican pickup in New Jersey? I think so.
Booker tweets with a stripper from Oregon is the latest bad headline and yesterday he dismissed the controversy at a press conference as no big deal.

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Newark Mayor Cory Booker has more than 1.4 million followers on Twitter, but a correspondence with one is raising some eyebrows.

It has been revealed that Booker had exchanged direct messages with a woman who bares her body at a vegan strip club in Portland, Ore.

The private communication between the 44-year-old Booker and the 26-year-old stripper, who goes by the name Lynsie Lee on Twitter, was first reported by BuzzFeed on Wednesday.

In a message to Lee, Booker — who is single — wrote “the East Coast loves you, and by the East Coast, I mean me.” She replied, “Well, now I’m blushing :-) ,” to which Booker wrote back, “It’s only fair.”

Lee told BuzzFeed that Booker was just “flattering” her after she sent him a tweet saying that “the west coast loved him, especially me.”

Lee tweeted Wednesday night that she “doesn’t want her 15 minutes of fame, not this way” and claims “we did nothing wrong but exchange an innocent flirt almost a year ago.”

“I’ve flirted with him multiple times,” Lee told KOIN-TV, the CBS affiliate in Portland. “If anything, I’m the one who is the perverted one. I was the Anthony Weiner in this situation. But he had the most gentlemanly reply to like everything I said to him.’

On Thursday, Booker told reporters, including CBS 2′s Christine Sloan and WCBS 880′s Levon Putney, that he answers thousands of questions from everyone. “Anybody who’s followed me for enough years sees that I literally talk to everybody,” he said. “It’s the way we should be in public life.

Watch the report from CBS Local. It shows the private tweets between Booker and this exotic dancer. They also interview her in this report. She says she's 'flirted with him multiple times'