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article imageMayor Cory Booker mulls run for US Senate, not for NJ Governor

By Can Tran     Dec 21, 2012 in Politics
Newark Mayor Cory Booker, known as the "super mayor," is entertaining the idea of a 2014 United States Senate run instead of running for New Jersey Governor.
There have been talks of Democratic Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, New Jersey, of running against GOP incumbent Chris Christie for governor of New Jersey. So far, Booker and Christie have been receiving praise for their handling of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. Booker has the reputation of being “super mayor” due to him going out on a limb to help out the citizens of Newark. When Hurricane Sandy hit, Booker took to Twitter and allowed neighbors to chill at his place for the time being. Through Twitter, Booker spearheaded the recovery efforts of Newark. So far, there have been talks of Booker possibly challenging Christie for the position of NJ governor.
Booker is interested in seeking a higher position in public office; but, it won't be for the governor of New Jersey. Instead, Booker is entertaining the idea of a 2014 United States Senate run. In this respect, he will not be going up against Governor Christie. However, it is unknown if Booker will actually go with it. This is due to Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg still serving as a US Senator from New Jersey.
In this respect, Booker plans to run for the US Senate provided that Lautenberg retires. However, Lautenberg hasn't given any indications of retirement anytime soon. Booker made the announcement of a possible United States Senate run on his website. It was a piece called “Finishing The Work We Started.”
He writes about how politics hasn't been easy. Booker talks about how crime has gone down in Newark along with the growth of public facilities for kids to use. He talked about how businesses that once left are now returning. Then, he talked about exploring the idea of running for the United States Senate.
National Public Radio, in an article, reports that Christie would be very difficult for Booker to challenge if he chose to run for NJ governor. While Booker is setting his sights toward the US Senate, there are those that do not find it surprising. The article mentions his degrees from Stanford, Oxford, and Yale. It does mention that the Senate seat is still held by Lautenberg.
A Washington Post blog asks who would then run against Christie. Some names include NJ State Senator Barbara Buono who is reported as being the only Democrat at the moment who is making the run official. The blog entry further explains that none of them would be able to raise the same campaign funds as Book would be able to. At the moment, it's not known on who will eventually be the Democratic challenger against Christie come the election cycle.
If Booker runs for the US Senate and wins, provided that Lautenberg decides to retire, he will be the third African-American United States Senator. GOP Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina is second and currently the only African-American in the US Senate. Scott was appointed by GOP Governor Nikki Haley to replace then-Senator Jim DeMint.
Roland Burris of Illinois was the first, technically second, African-American to be in the US Senate. This was part of the scandal that was sparked when then-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was taped talking about selling the seat that was vacated by then-Senator and now US President Barack Obama. Blagojevich appointed Burris to fill in the seat vacated by Obama. Blagojevich is currently serving a jail sentence on charges of corruption while in public office.
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