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Cory Booker Communications Director Resigns

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Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker's communications director Anne Torres has resigned in the wake of the mayor's controversial "Meet the Press" remarks.

Booker's office released the following statement from Torres on Monday:

Effective today, I am resigning from my position as Communications Director. It has been a pleasure to serve in this Administration for six years, and as a Newarker, there is no greater reward than to work for the city that you love. I’ve had the opportunity to work with an amazing team, and wish the Mayor the best.

Torres said she has "nothing bad to say" about Booker in a phone interview with the Wall Street Journal.

"It's just time for me to move on," Torres said, noting that she's "taking a long vacation" now that she's resigned.

In his May 20 appearance on "Meet the Press," Booker said he was "uncomfortable" with President Barack Obama's re-election campaign attacking rival Mitt Romney over his time at Bain Capital.

"This kind of stuff is nauseating to me on both sides," Booker said. "It's nauseating to the American public. Enough is enough. Stop attacking private equity."

The Obama campaign recently released a series of documentary-style videos portraying Romney as a job-destroying corporate takeover artist. After chastising the videos, both Booker and Obama worked to clarify the statements.

Immediately after condemning Obama, Booker took to his twitter to clarify his comments:


Cory Booker
So I'll clarify my comments on MTP. Yes, Obama must be re-elected. But we as a Nation owe it to him & ourselves 2 reject politics as usual

Torres tweeted about her resignation on Monday afternoon:


Anne Torres
I can't even describe my time here, it's been amazing. I've worked with the best people, and truly a time I will never forget.

UPDATE: Torres again tweeted about her resignation Monday afternoon, this time debunking talk that she resigned because of the "Meet the Press" controversy:


Anne Torres
The rumors are ridiculous..it's not about MTP..come on folks.