Cory Booker Senator run? Newark mayor announces he’s exploring candidacy

Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced Thursday morning that he is considering running for U.S. senator in New Jersey in 2014.

“Let there be no doubt, 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.” Booker said in a statement.

“As I explore a run for the United States Senate, I look forward to consulting with Senator [Frank]  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,” the statement said.

“I love Newark. I did not come to this city through the providence of birth. I chose Newark, and Newark, thank God, accepted me, embraced me and allowed me the greatest privilege of my life — to serve as mayor.”

There had been considerable speculation he would challenge Gov. Chris Christie for governor.

Read the full statement HERE.

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