Newark Mayor Cory Booker to Run for U.S. Senate
Matt | On 20, Dec 2012
The future for Cory Booker is looking pretty bright these days.
Sources close to Newark’s super-mayor say that he is running for the U.S. Senate in 2014. Observers thought at first that he would run against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, as his next step up the ladder. Doesn’t look like that will be the case.
In my opinion, Booker’s decision to run for Senate is a higher-profile and harder position to get for them than the governorship. In this case, though, Booker may have a better shot at heading to Washington, D.C. than to Trenton. In the ongoing wake of Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Christie has seen explosive approval ratings for his handling of the crisis. He was a key Romney supporter during the presidential campaign, but took an abrupt turn toward bipartisanship with President Obama after the disaster struck.
By 2014, Booker would be looking to unseat Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), who turns 89 in January. It is unclear whether he plans to seek a sixth term in the Senate.
As of January 2013, the Senate will only have one African-American lawmaker — Tim Scott (R-SC) — who was recently appointed by his state’s governor to replace Jim DeMint. If Booker can make it to the Senate in 2014, that will be a great look for him in an exclusive club.
So, the big question is, when will my “Cory Booker for Senate 2014!” sign arrive in the mail so I can hang it up? lol…