NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 8: Newark Mayor Cory Booker speaks during a news conference on his plans to campaign for the Democratic nomination to run for the seat of late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg on June 8, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has set October 16th as the date for a special election to determine who will fill Lautenberg's seat for a year. (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Getty Images)
It turns out that the very fake-sounding Newark drug dealer named T-Bone, whom Cory Booker befriended and used to discuss frequently in the stories Booker told on the campaign trail, is indeed imaginary — or, more charitably, perhaps an amalgam of real people Booker really knew. In other words, this is the first scandal in which a poltician was caught not being friends with a drugdealer.