Newark Mayor Cory Booker officially running to fill the seat of late Senator Frank Lautenberg

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NEWARK, NEW JERSEY (PIX11)- Newark Mayor Cory Booker was planning to run for Senator Frank Lautenberg’s seat long before the veteran died last week. On Saturday, he made it official.

With Former Senator Bill Bradley by his side, Booker announced he will enter the August primary for the October special election called for by Governor Chris Christie. That vote will take place just weeks before the gubernatorial vote.

Booker was asked if he supports a legal challenge to move the special election to November.

Booker is probably going to face Congressmen Frank Pallone and rush Holt in the democratic primary. Former Bogotá Mayor Steve Lonegan is the only republican running so far.

Election petitions are due on Monday.

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