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Cory Booker Will Not Run For Governor, Will Explore Senate Campaign

Submitted by on December 21, 2012 – 11:04 amNo Comment

In a letter posted on his website yesterday, popular Newark mayor Cory Booker confirmed that he will complete his “full second term as mayor” through 2014, meaning he will not run in next years Gubernatorial election. However, the young rising star in the Democratic party added that he will “explore the possibility of running for The United States Senate in 2014.”

The move is not a surprise to many state politics watchers. Gov. Chris Christie is enjoying sky-high approval ratings at the moment. Though Booker is one of the few people likely to mount a competitive campaign against Christie, it would be an ugly fight that Booker would probably loose, and would tarnish his prospects for future races.

Christie, for his part, is unlikely to seek a Senate seat in 2014, as he will probably have just finished a (successful) gubernatorial campaign, and his name is already on short lists for national office in 2016.

However, as the wording of Booker’s announcement made clear, he is treading very carefully- because current Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg has made no indication that he is planning to give up his seat in the next election. Lautenberg turns 89 next month, but already came out of retirement once in 2002 to reenter politics.

What do you think? Should Lautenberg step aside for a likely Booker victory?

[via ABC News; image via AP Photo/Mel Evans]

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