Cory Booker the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey and perhaps the highest profile Democrat in the state, ruled out running for governor in next year’s election and said he was eyeing a possible run in 2014 for the U.S. Senate.
Booker announced his decision on Thursday via Twitter. It means the Newark Mayor decided against a possible race against current Governor Chris Christie, a Republican. However, depending upon how things work out, he might end up in a primary race for the Democrats against current Senator Frank Lautenberg, who would not comment on Thursday about his future political plans. Lautenberg is 88.
The announcement by Booker alters both races and the politics in the largest city in the state, where his current term will not end until June 2014. Booker said without a doubt he would complete his full term as the mayor of Newark, but regarding his future in politics, he said he would be exploring the possibility of a run in 2014 for the U.S. Senate.
With close to two years to go before the election takes place, there will remain much doubt about it, including if Lautenberg intends to run for reelection and whether Booker would still pursue the Senate seat even if Lautenberg decided to run.
A spokesman for Lautenberg said the Senator was concentrating on the Superstorm Sandy recovery and gun control. The spokesman added that the past few months have been painful for both the state of New Jersey and the U.S. and Senator Lautenberg was busy working on the difficult issues everyone is facing.
Booker, in his Twitter statement, praised the work record of Lautenberg. Booker attached a video to his statement that said it would be an honor and a privilege to continue Lautenberg’s legacy of governmental service.