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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 02:14 PM

Don’t Call Him Senator Yet: Cory Booker Could Face Primary Struggle

BENJY SARLIN FEBRUARY 15, 2013, 2:00 PM

Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s formal announcement Friday that he won’t run for another term at age 90 heads off what was looking like a very bitter primary fight with Cory Booker, who has already announced he is exploring a run. But just because Lautenberg’s out of the way, doesn’t mean Booker’s path to the Senate is assured.

Booker starts off as a clear frontrunner in the polls. A survey from Monmouth University this week put him at 40 percent to Lautenberg’s 25 percent, with no one else cracking double digits. But he’s also the only major candidate to (more or less) declare their candidacy so far. New Jersey is a deep blue state and has an equally deep bench of Democratic politicians, many of whom have been waiting years for a rare open Senate seat to finally pop up.

Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), a longtime fixture in Congress who turned down an appointment to the Senate seat held by Lautenberg in 2002, is considered Booker’s toughest opponent. “I’ve always been interested in the Senate and it’s something I’m going to continue to explore,” Pallone told ABC News radio on Friday.

He’s not the only Congressman who has floated their name since Lauteneberg’s retirement announcement. “There’s no point in being coy,” Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) told PolitickerNJ on Thursday. “I’ve made no secret in previous years that I would consider the Senate at the right time.”

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 02:23 PM

1. I agree it is going to be a real fight.

I would favor Booker if there are more than two candidates. He is the best known of them all, but he not as popular as people make him out to be.

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Response to hrmjustin (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 02:27 PM

2. I went to Lautenberg's press conference today

And With the party faithful in the crowd there, I could tell from the conversations people were having that they were not very happy about the way Booker handled everything and that he puts his celebrity status above the people of Newark (he was absent when Barbara Buono kicked off her gubernatorial campaign because he was in Hollywood filming Real Time)

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Response to tabbycat31 (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 02:31 PM

3. All he did on Real Time was talk and talk.

He never stopped, and he came off badly IMO. If they don't want him they need to unite around someone else. This may become a norther and southern Jersey democratic party thing again.

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Response to tabbycat31 (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 02:43 PM

4. thanks

Wish I could have attended. Love Lautenberg and I think it's been a positive thing to have a business titan (Non New Jerseyans might not be aware that he is the founder of ADP) who has championed the people and progressive causes over the years. I can't think of a recent vote he's had to take where he didn't do what I wanted him to do.

I'm wondering - any chatter of Wisniewski? Where I live in Central NJ we have a high density of minorities/multi ethnic people - Somerset county.

Did Chivukula beat Lance? Nope. But he might be an interesting primary candidate as well.

If had to choose between Chivukula or Booker - I would vote Upendra. Regardless though - I'd love to see a really diverse race. Because that is what the Democratic Party is. And I don't believe there is a single Republican that could beat either one of these guys.


Me - I just want to be the Mayor of Somerville someday!

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