Newark Mayor Cory Booker is an anomaly; at 43, he holds a prestigious job, makes a ton of money, but he is chronically single.

In 2012, a handsome man who is still single after the age of 40 is almost unheard of.

Mr. Booker has been the subject of rampant ghey rumors for years now. In a new interview by Obie Brook for EBONY magazine, Mayor Booker adds fuel to the rumors by balking at the mere mention of dating ladies.

EBONY: Forgive me, I have to ask this question because too many ladies out there would kill me if I didn’t: are you hoping to settle down and start a family in the near future?

CORY BOOKER: [Laughs] What “ladies”? Did my mother put you up to this? [Laughs] I just I think everybody wants to have that settled life and even God wants us to “have life and have it more abundantly.” Everybody wants to find their soul mate and I’m no different. That’s definitely what I want in the future.

Booker goes on to say he is looking for a “soul mate” to settle down with — not necessarily a female.

EBONY: Last year you mentioned being too busy to date. Have you found
that soul mate yet or are you still looking?

CORY BOOKER: Still looking for that soul mate.

EBONY: And what are you looking for in a soul mate?
“You know, when you’re young, you have these long lists, but when you get older it’s just like, are they breathing? [Laughs] But, I want somebody that has a deep reverence for God and compassion for other people at their core and doesn’t take themselves or me too seriously. Someone who is just a positive person.”

He also tells if he’s planning a run for president:

CB: “Well, they say that the way to make God laugh is to make plans for yourself. But if you asked me in 1996 if I’d be running for mayor of Newark, I wouldn’t have believed you, so you just never know. But am I planning a run for President? No. My goal and my hope is that I’m living on purpose; that’s more important than position.”