Cory Booker to decide within two weeks whether to challenge Chris Christie

December 9, 2012

Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) said Sunday he likely will decide within the next two weeks whether he will challenge New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R). 

"It's got to be within the next two weeks, especially in New Jersey, because there are a lot of very good candidates for governor in New Jersey on the Democratic side," Booker said on CBS's "Face The Nation."

Christie recently announced his intention to run for reelection in 2013. Several other Democrats also have expressed interest in running against the Republican, but Booker is widely viewed as the most formidable potential challenger, a sentiment reflected in recent polling. Christie's popularity, meanwhile, has skyrocketed following his response to Hurricane Sandy, recent polling shows

Booker said he also is looking at a 2014 Senate run. "I am actually looking at that a lot as well," he said. 

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D) will be up for reelection in 2014, but might opt to retire. A recent survey from Democratic automated pollster PPP showed that by a nearly 3-1 margin, Democrats said they prefer Booker to be the 2014 Senate nominee over Lautenberg. 

Booker said his decision will be guided by where he thinks he can best make a difference. 

"I am absolutely considering running for governor, as well as giving other options some consideration. I am going to be focused on that for the next week to 10 days or so and really come up with a decision that answers my basic question ... where do I believe I can make the best difference for the city I love, for the state I love and the nation I pledge my life to," he said.  

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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Sean Sullivan · December 9, 2012