Cory Booker To Duck Christie For US Senate Bid
Newark Mayor Cory Booker has indicated he will make a bid for the U.S. Senate instead of the New Jersey governorship, a move that all but ensures Governor Chris Christie will have an easy re-election next year.
Mayor Booker set up a “Cory Booker for Senate” campaign with the Federal Election Committee papers on January 8, although the Washington Times notes it does not guarantee he will go through with the plans. Mayor Booker told reporters late last month that he would consider a senate run, reports Politifact.
Senator Frank Lautenberg, 88, has not said if will be running for re-election next year. A new Fairleigh Dickinson University poll released Thursday shows the Newark Mayor crushing the incumbent by more than 20 points.
A senior Lautenberg aide slammed Mayor Booker as “self-absorbed and disrespectful” to Politico, criticizing him for avoiding a tougher challenge against New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Governor Christie, who filed for re-election last November, is riding high in approval ratings, mostly due to his handling of Hurricane Sandy. The governor trounces Mayor Booker by 20 points in a hypothetical match up.
“It’s shameful that he avoided challenging a Republican just so that he can take on a long-serving, loyal Democrat,” the aide said.