Geraldo for Senate in New Jersey?

January 31, 2013

Media personality Geraldo Rivera said Thursday he's considering running for the Senate in New Jersey as a Republican.

"I’ve been in touch with some people in the Republican Party in New Jersey. I am truly contemplating running for Senate against [Sen.] Frank Lautenberg or [Newark Mayor] Cory Booker," Rivera said on his radio show Thursday, The Hill reported.

He also tweeted: "Wondering how folks feel about me running in N.J. under GOP banner against either Lautenberg or Booker for U.S. Senate?"

Booker is exploring a Senate run while Lautenberg hasn't said whether he is running for reelection. Whoever the Democratic nominee is would likely begin the general election as a heavy favorite over the GOP nominee, given the state's Democratic tilt.

Rivera hosts "Geraldo At Large" on Fox News Channel as well as a weekday radio show.

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