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Newark mayor and potential New Jersey senator Cory Booker has some people wondering if the reason he hasn’t settled down is because he’s gay.

Booker took time to address the rumors in a Washington Post profile. His question to those who think he may be in the closet is, “so what?”

He addresses his social media engagement, his admiration for Republicans Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, and liberal criticism he’s faced as well as details of his love life.

Booker says he has purposely kept his private life private and doesn’t want any of the women he dates in the spotlight. He isn’t angered at all by the gay rumors but rather amused instead.

“And people who think I’m gay, some part of me thinks it’s wonderful. Because I want to challenge people on their homophobia. I love seeing on Twitter when someone says I’m gay, and I say, ‘So what does it matter if I am? So be it. I hope you are not voting for me because you are making the presumption that I’m straight.’”

(Photo: AP)

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