Cory Booker Will Run for U.S. Senate in 2014: Sources
Thursday, Dec 20, 2012 | Updated 10:24 AM EST
Newark Mayor Cory Booker will not challenge New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in next year's gubernatorial race and will instead run for U.S. Senate in 2014, political sources familiar with his decision tell NBC 4 New York.
Booker will seek the U.S. Senate seat held by fellow Democrat Frank Lautenberg when his term is up in 2014, political sources tell NBC 4 New York. Lautenberg, 88, is the oldest current senator. He first served in the U.S. Senate from 1982 to 2001 and has served since his re-election in 2003.
Booker's decision not to challenge Christie comes as the Republican incumbent enjoys record-high approval ratings in polls taken since Sandy hit the Garden State.
Many Democrats considered Booker, the two-term mayor of Newark, to be their best chance to take on the popular Christie.
Booker is expected to tweet his decision to his more than 1 million followers some time Thursday.