Friday, December 21, 2012

Cory Booker takes a pass on challenging Gov. Christie

By Richard K. Barry

No great surprise here, but it looks like Newark Mayor Cory Booker is going to take a pass on challenging incumbent New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, opting instead to "explore the possibility of running for the United States Senate in 2014."

In a video posted to his YouTube page, Booker said that he would finish out his term as mayor and then see about running for the Senate. He said he would consult with 88-year-old Democrat Frank Lautenberg, who currently holds the seat and is up for re-election in 2014.

What was left unsaid is that at the moment it appears Gov. Christie would be damned hard to beat as he enjoys record-high approval ratings in polls taken since Sandy hit the state.

The decision will no doubt be sad news for Jersey Democrats who must see Booker as their best chance for taking back the state house in what is usually a blue state. Still, in politics everything is timing and now appears not to be the time for a gubernatorial run, though, as a young man, Booker still has time on his side.

Here's the clip:

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  • Any challenge to Gov. Christie, at least in the short term, is bound to fail. He's riding the big wave at the moment.

    By Anonymous Michael Scott, at 10:46 AM  

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