Sandy pushed back Cory Booker’s decision on governor’s race

November 16, 2012

The impact of the massive storm Sandy on New Jersey has prompted Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) to postpone his decision about whether to challenge Gov. Chris Christie (R) in 2013, Booker said Thursday. 

"The reality is Sandy has pushed my timeline back," Booker said on his monthly radio program on WBGO, according to the Newark Star-Ledger

Booker is viewed as the strongest potential Democratic challenger to Christie, the outspoken first-term Republican governor. Sources familiar with Booker's thinking told the Star-Ledger last week that the mayor plans to make a decision by the middle of next month, allowing time for other Democrats to jump in if he passes on a bid.

Meanwhile, Christie has not yet announced whether he will run for reelection. He's also said that Sandy has slowed his decision-making process. 

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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