Well-known television news host Geraldo Rivera, 69, who currently hosts a weekend show on the Fox News Channel is considering a run for the United States Senate. Rivera’s political effort would involve his home state of New Jersey. The surprise announcement came from Rivera’s own WABC-AM radio talk show in New York City.
In his own revelation to his audience, Rivera said that he is “truly contemplating the run for the United States Senate in 2014. While he said he had spoken to New Jersey Republicans in New Jersey, he didn’t reveal much of the reaction he had been given from the state’s GOP persons.
Rivera took his announcement to Twitter – the social network where immediate reaction is always guaranteed – and his reportedly 30,000 followers on Twitter tweeted mixed feelings about him challenging either Senator Frank Lautenberg or Newark Mayor Cory Booker for the Washington, D.C. job. Lautenberg, incidentally, is 89 years of age – the oldest senator in Congress - and the Democrat hasn’t said whether or not he will be seeking reelection anyway.
Booker, also in the Democratic Party, has only said he is “exploring” the possibility of a run – as he hasn’t made it clear as to whether he would go after the state’s federal senate seat if Lautenberg still wants it.
Thus far, no Republican has stepped forward and made an official statement regarding a run for New Jersey’s United States senate seat. Therefore, if Rivera does decide to run, the field is his and his alone at this time.
Naturally, due to federal laws regarding equal time of candidates, Rivera would have to relinquish his Fox television and ABC radio shows.