Rosario Dawson headed to Newark as Cory Booker confirms ‘significant other’ is moving in

Posted Aug 11, 2020

Newark can say hello to a new neighbor: Rosario Dawson.

Dawson is moving to be with her boyfriend, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, after nearly two years of dating.

The couple confirmed their relationship in 2019, during Booker’s presidential campaign.

Booker, 51, alluded to his “significant other” moving in with him at a “Save Transit” Zoom forum hosted Tuesday by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. The subject of the online forum was federal funding for NJ Transit, but Booker made a brief detour to his personal life.

After Newark resident Tanisha Garner asked a question, Booker asked what part of the city she lives in.

“I’m here because of Newarkers,” he continued. “I stayed in Newark. My significant other is moving in this week, coming from LA.”

Dawson, 41, already said as much in a June interview with New Jersey’s own Kevin Smith.

She shared her moving plans while talking to the director at a pop-up event for his fictional fast-food chain Mooby’s in Los Angeles (Dawson appears the Smith films “Clerks II” and “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot”).

“What are you most looking forward to doing as the world reopens?” Smith asked. “What have you missed?”

“My boyfriend,” Dawson said. “I haven’t seen him since February. He is by himself, going between Newark and D.C.”

“I’m actually in the process of moving, by the way,” she said. “I’m going to New Jersey. I’m moving to Newark ... I’m moving in with my boyfriend because, you know, it’s time. We were thinking about moving in together anyway, but especially during all of this, it’s just been really intense.”

“I’m very excited,” she said of the move.

When Smith asked why she and and the Democratic senator had been “social distancing,” Dawson said that she was taking care of her parents in New York (where she grew up). Her father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year and had surgery in November. While she said he was cancer-free, she still has to be mindful of his health and prefers to stay on one coast.

“It’s the reason why I’ve just been super careful and really kind of distant from everyone,” Dawson said.

Dawson and Booker, who is slated to speak (remotely) at the Democratic National Convention August 20, have been relatively open about their admiration for one another.

“It’s the first time I felt like I had to be responsible about my choice of love, which is a challenging thing to do,” Dawson told Bustle in February. “If you fall in love, you fall in love. But there’s another aspect I had to consider: what this meant in (putting) a microscope on my family and particularly on my daughter. But in each other I think we found our person.”

The actress has a 17-year-old daughter named Isabella, who Dawson adopted when she was 11.

Before it was canceled, Dawson starred in “Briarpatch” on the USA Network and has appeared in Disney Plus’ “The Mandalorian.” She told Smith she had just wrapped “DMZ,” a pilot for HBO Max directed by Ava DuVernay, when film sets had to be shut down because of the pandemic. The story, which Dawson called “prescient,” is based on the DC comic book series of the same name about a new American Civil War.

“New Jersey becomes part of the free states,” Dawson said.

Booker and Dawson met in 2018 at a party through a mutual friend, Ben Jealous, former president of the NAACP, who had been running for governor in Maryland. No sparks flew then.

“She didn’t give me the time of day,” Booker said on RuPaul’s talk show last year. “She gave me serious shade.”

October 2018 was a different story.

“But then we re-met at another friend’s party,” Booker said. “Months later, both of us were single at the time, and it was the roof party of a dear friend, and I had the courage to walk up to her and ask for her phone number.”

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