Sen. Cory Booker is making headlines for his "extremist" eating habits.
A New York Post article on Sunday called the former Newark mayor an animal rights extremist after he announced on Twitter that he'd become vegan and supported a few pieces of pro-animal legislation.
"New Jerseyans surely have more important work for him to do," the Post said, calling his work "irrelevant." One Green Planet countered that idea, though, by pointing out that Booker's anti-gestation crate bill was backed by 93 percent of New Jersey voters.
Here are some of the awesome ways the senator has helped animals while also focusing on issues his constituents - including the furry and four-legged - support:
1. In November, he announced on Twitter that he was going vegan after being a vegetarian for 22 years.
2. He did a Daily Beast interview with animal-welfare activist Vlad Chituc where he promoted veganism as a healthy lifestyle: "I want to try to live my own values as consciously and purposefully as I can," Booker told the Daily Beast. "Being vegan for me is a cleaner way of not participating in practices that don't align with my values."