While the New Jersey Democrats have done everything but put up a help wanted sign and advertised on Craig’s List for a formidable opponent to run against incumbent Governor Chris Christie, the party’s rising star, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, has filed his paperwork to run for the U.S. Senate seat in 2014 as reported on Jan. 11, 2013, by The Washington Post.
The paperwork was filed earlier in the week, but no announcement has been made by Booker yet. The filing of the paperwork with the Federal Election Committee clears the way for Booker to begin to raise money for his Senate Campaign.
The Senate seat is now held by Senator Frank Lautenberg who will turn 89 this month and is expected to consider retiring but has not made an official announcement stating he will do so, causing many in the party to wonder if his retirement will in fact occur. Lautenberg is widely known for not letting his age get in the way of his political ambitions and will not speak publically about his intentions.
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