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article imageWill Newark Mayor Cory Booker challenge NJ Gov. Chris Christie?

By Andrew Moran     Aug 24, 2012 in Politics
Newark - Party sources have told a local New Jersey media outlet that Newark Mayor Cory Booker and political consultant Mark Matzen have met with county chairs for a possible gubernatorial bid against incumbent New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
With a high approval rating in the state of New Jersey, will Republican Governor Chris Christie have a tough re-election campaign if Newark Mayor Cory Booker decided to run on the Democratic ticket?
PolitickerNJ.com is reporting that Booker is having face-to-face meetings with county chairs to let politicos know that he is weighing a gubernatorial run. The popular Newark mayor will make his final decision sometime in December, according to state Democratic sources.
Although he is still questioning his bid, various state party officials see Booker as the only viable option to unseat the often outspoken governor. Booker is seen as someone with a lot of charisma and has a tremendous ability to fundraise.
Charlotte DeFilippo, chair of the Union County Democratic Committee, told the news organization that Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage would also be a good candidate if Booker made the decision not to seek the governorship.
Meanwhile, NJ.com is reporting that Booker will speak at the Democratic National Convention in September in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Newark mayor is scheduled to deliver the party platform to convention delegates on Sept. 4.
There are speculations that if the presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney wins the election on Nov. 6 then he could tap Christie for a post in his cabinet as a reward for a key GOP primaries endorsement. This would leave the gubernatorial race wide open.
Earlier this year, Christie touted many accomplishments made by the former United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey under President George W. Bush’s administration. His office claims his state balanced two budgets without raising taxes, created more than 60,000 private sector jobs and made the size of government smaller.
He has stated repeatedly, “The New Jersey comeback has begun.”
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