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NEW JERSEY — It may appear to be a long shot, but he’s in there.  Junior New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is on the short list as a potential nominee to the Supreme Court.

While the New York and New Jersey public may not seem too impressed with Booker’s name in the mix, the Twittersphere is chatting about it.  Cory Booker himself responded to an inquisitive follower asking if he believes President Obama should appoint a new Supreme Court Justice.  Booker’s response?  Yes.

“This is really remarkable.  I think when we look at this list, it’s not just a laundry list of people who could make this nomination, but it really is a short list,” said Brigid Harrison, Professor of Political Science and Law at Montclair State University.

Only 6 are being floated around for real consideration for a nod by the Obama administration and more than half with appellate court experience.  Harrison believes Booker seems to be poised as the next rising star of the Democratic party, but doesn’t necessarily have the resume to help gain him support as Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement.  While Booker is a graduate of Yale Law and a Rhodes scholar, he does not carry the judicial background other potential nominees hold under their belts.

Whether a Supreme Court seat becomes reality or not, Booker does appear to have many options in his political future.  He’s even mentioned as a potential running mate to Democratic Presidential contender, Hillary Clinton, to whom he’s already thrown his support.

“There is the idea though that because he has this enormous presence with young people, where Hillary Clinton is struggling for support, that may be her asset if she was to bring him in to the table,” said Harrison.

Another sign Booker is perhaps destined for more? His first book, “United” in which he outlines his rise from Newark city councilman to the city’s mayor to now Junior Senator is set to be released.  He begins his book tour Tuesday.

In a statement to PIX11, Cory Booker said this:

“I was saddened to learn of the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia. Though our views on the law differed greatly, I admired his deep commitment to public service, and, on a personal level, his dedication to family. My prayers are with his loved ones during this tremendously difficult time,” said Booker. “It’s humbling that anyone would mention me as a possible Supreme Court nominee, but I want to be very clear that my focus is 100 percent on doing the job I was elected to do — representing the people of New Jersey in the Senate and getting up every day to work hard for them.”