Booker Won’t Run Against Christie

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NEWARK – Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced today that plans to complete his full second term in office and explore the possibility of running for the U.S. Senate seat now held by 88-year-old Frank Lautenberg in 2014.

Many had expected Booker to run against Chris Christie for the governor’s office next year.

State Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex) has announced her gubernatorial candidacy and has already picked up endorsements from the Middlesex and Somerset county Democratic organizations.

“The City of Newark has been a beneficiary of Mayor Booker’s tireless work ethic and his vision for the future, and I wish him well in all his future endeavors,” Buono said. “Under Mayor Booker’s leadership, Newark has become a place where people come to live and raise a family, and there has been a huge influx of new businesses clamoring to take part in the city’s renaissance.  I know that he will continue to be on the front lines in the fight for middle class taxpayers throughout New Jersey in the coming election season.”

State Sen. Richard Codey (D-Essex), State Senate President Stephen Sweeny (D-Gloucester), Assembly Majority Lou Greenwald (D-Camden) and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ-6) may consider entering the race with Booker out of the picture.

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