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 [WNBC]. Booker will seek the U.S. Senate seat held by fellow Democrat Frank Lautenberg when his term is up in 2014... Booker is expected to tweet his decision to his more than 1 million followers some time Thursday.
Interesting that he's jumping in right now and not trying to coax Lautenberg into retirement with a prolonged "exploratory" phase. UPDATE: He is only "exploring", with more of a gentle hand than a shove out the door towards Lautenberg (h/t MosheM)
I will complete my full second term as mayor. As for my political future, I will explore the possibility of running for The United States Senate in 2014... As I explore a run for the United States Senate, I look forward to consulting with Senator Lautenberg. During my lifetime, he has been one of New Jersey’s most important leaders. It would be a privilege to continue his great legacy of service.
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