Hot dog eating title to Booker

June 28, 2008 7:40:06 PM PDT
Hot dog! A new event is coming to a redeveloping section of Camden this month: The state Hot Dog Eating Championship. CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - June 28, 2008 The New Jersey Hot Dog Eating Championship goes to Eric "Badlands" Booker.

The veteran competitive eater beat 13 other hopefuls for the crown on Saturday, eating 27 hot dogs in just 12 minutes at a Nathan's Famous Hot Dog store in Camden.

With the win, Booker qualified for the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, N.Y.

And while the Long Island, N.Y. native was pleased with his effort, he thinks he can get even better.

"I figured this is the last contest before the big show in Coney Island, so this will be a big test to see if I can hang with the next generation of eaters," Booker told the Courier-Post of Cherry Hill for a story posted on their Web site Saturday night.