Might Booker ditch the race for New Jersey governor and go for the U.S. Senate instead?

posted at 5:11 pm on November 29, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

While we all hunker down and wait for the battle that will likely be the 2014 midterms, the odd-year gubernatorial battles in Virginia and New Jersey will be getting a lot of attention (Virginia because of its national-bellwether status, New Jersey because of Chris Christie’s probable long-term ambitions).

It isn’t official yet, but in New Jersey, all signs have pointed to Christie going for a second term versus savvy Newark Mayor Cory Booker — but as Ed summarized the other day, it might behoove Booker’s career to sit this next one out. I have to add the obligatory qualifier that eleven months is like a century in political time and things could easily change, but Christie’s already high post-Sandy popularity is shooting through the roof, as New Jerseyans are eating up the displays of toughness and bipartisanship, and he doesn’t appear to have any real demographic weaknesses.

Even for a well-liked mayor, the time might not be ripe to front an upset for the governorship — but perhaps Booker’s opportune moment is actually coming in 2014? Posits WaPo:

The new poll from Democratic automated pollster Public Policy Polling shows that Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) has worn out his welcome. Just 36 percent of New Jersey Democrats think he should run for another term (Lautenberg would be 90 in 2014), and almost three times as many prefer Booker as their nominee (59 percent) over Lautenberg (22 percent).

Even in a crowded primary with Reps. Rob Andrews and Frank Pallone, Booker would begin the race with a 30-point lead. And in the general, he would start out with a 23-point lead on Christie’s No. 2, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R).

(Republicans don’t really have a top-tier candidate for this race, so it’s hard to see the general election being an obstacle for the popular Booker.)

In other words, the Democratic Senate nomination, at this point, appears to be Booker’s for the taking, as does the Senate seat. And that’s regardless of whether the incumbent senator seeks reelection.

Perhaps Booker has his heart set on being an executive, but that is shaping up to be a very uphill battle, and if he is looking for a chance to advance his political career and his national profile, this could be it. Without a popular candidate in the running, it’s probably not a seat on which Republicans will exert a lot of effort in their bid to take back the Senate, so it seems like a pretty safe bet — we shall see.


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Christie’s already high post-Sandy popularity is shooting through the roof

Guess his makeout session with Obama was worth it then…

nextgen_repub on November 29, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Cory -

If you don’t run against the Fatman, you are not getting anything from me.

bw222 on November 29, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Booker would beat Christie easily too.

Rocks on November 29, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Booker will President in 2017.

Not kidding.

Bruno Strozek on November 29, 2012 at 5:22 PM

New York and New Jersey politicians are seeking an $80 billion supplemental appropriations bill from the nation’s taxpayers (fashioned as “the federal government”) to fix this. Where is the responsibility of each individual state to set aside funds for its own (inevitable) natural disaster.

$80 billion.

They are asking for $80 billion dollars.

RushBaby on November 29, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Booker would beat Christie easily too.

Rocks on November 29, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Why? Do people want their taxes raised even more? All democrats do is lie, raise taxes and get rich off insider trading.

darwin on November 29, 2012 at 5:23 PM

************ RED ALERT **************

HOLY SH*T…$1.6 Trillion

Report: Obama seeks $1.6 trillion in tax increases, Republican aides tell @WSJ

1 min ago from online.wsj.com by editor
============================================

Updated November 29, 2012, 5:12 p.m. ET

GOP Rejects Cliff Offer From Obama

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323751104578149180660186900.html

canopfor on November 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM

to fix this.

RushBaby on November 29, 2012 at 5:23 PM

By “this” I mean damage from Frankenstorm Sandy.

RushBaby on November 29, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Report: Obama seeks $1.6 trillion in tax increases, Republican aides tell @WSJ

canopfor on November 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Apparently Obama can get blood from a stone. He’s good … very good.

darwin on November 29, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Rocks on November 29, 2012 at 5:19 PM

You obviously don’t live in Jersey.

ctmom on November 29, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Booker would beat Christie easily too.

Rocks on November 29, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Do you live in NJ, or do you just hate Christie (since this is Hot Air, I’m assuming you don’t love Booker)?

I live in NJ, and while Booker would be a worthy opponent, Christie wins this one. It would be a lot easier for Booker to run for Senate in 2014 (as mentioned in the original post), or wait for 2017, when Christie can’t run, due to term limits.

asc85 on November 29, 2012 at 5:28 PM

So, when is Mr. Booker going to find a nice lady to settle down with? :-)

Punchenko on November 29, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Booker will President in 2017.

Not kidding.

No. Long before 2017, Booker will be in the Lake of Fire with Obama and everybody else who took his mark.

Dirty Creature on November 29, 2012 at 5:30 PM

A Progressive Militant Gay Rights Activists!

Um,if DemoTardRats have there way,in finishing
off the US of A,in the Culture War,could be!

Le Ugh!

canopfor on November 29, 2012 at 5:33 PM

No. Long before 2017, Booker will be in the Lake of Fire with Obama and everybody else who took his mark.

Dirty Creature on November 29, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Ah … hope springs eternal!

darwin on November 29, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Lautenberg/Torricelli and unions…the reason I quit buying Chevys made in Jersey back in 2003.

DanMan on November 29, 2012 at 5:41 PM

New York and New Jersey politicians are seeking an $80 billion supplemental appropriations bill from the nation’s taxpayers (fashioned as “the federal government”) to fix this. Where is the responsibility of each individual state to set aside funds for its own (inevitable) natural disaster.

$80 billion.

They are asking for $80 billion dollars.

RushBaby on November 29, 2012 at 5:23 PM

RushBaby:)
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White House expected to seek billions in Sandy disaster aid

WASHINGTON | Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:08pm EST

(Reuters) – The White House is expected in the coming days to send Congress a multi-billion dollar request to fund recovery from Superstorm Sandy, which caused an estimated $71 billion in damages in New York and New Jersey.(More…)
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/28/us-storm-sandy-aid-idUSBRE8AR01G20121128

canopfor on November 29, 2012 at 5:57 PM

So, The rich Ivy League Lawyer – Rhodes Scholar – Mayor Who Goes on Food Stamps to ‘show solidarity with the poor’… wants to be a Senator.

Sure, Why Not?!?! Par for the course.

LegendHasIt on November 29, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Ah … hope springs eternal!

I had the most disquieting thought — given that 99+% of a certain demographic voted for you-know-who, what do you think the coming purge of the Beast and his followers will do to the complexion of the country?

Hey — *I* didn’t tell them to vote for him…

Dirty Creature on November 29, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Senator in 2014.
President in 2016.
Corey Booker Basketball Classic in 2018.

OxyCon on November 29, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Why? Did Newark improve at all?

Joey24007 on November 29, 2012 at 7:12 PM

canopfor on November 29, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Greetings, great friend, saw your o_O the other night. I still read this blog every day (valuing your posts in the Top 10) but only occasionally comment. Everybody else seems to have it covered.

RushBaby on November 29, 2012 at 7:31 PM

So that was Fatboy Christie’s payoff for helping get Barack O’Claus re-elected? That Booker wouldn’t run against him? We see who you really are Fatty “McButterPants” Chrisite! You better give up ANY thoughts of getting a Republican nomination for Prez.

Rockshine on November 29, 2012 at 8:17 PM

He might as well. Lautenberg has at least one foot in the grave.

dczombie on November 29, 2012 at 8:58 PM

So, The rich Ivy League Lawyer – Rhodes Scholar – Mayor Who Goes on Food Stamps to ‘show solidarity with the poor’… wants to be a Senator.

Sure, Why Not?!?! Par for the course.

LegendHasIt on November 29, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Why wouldn’t he? Senator is probably the best job in the world.

Power. Great perks. Six year terms, and you have to really screw up badly to not get re-upped over and over again. You can keep the job until you’re older than Methusalah, and it requires little intelligence and even less commitment to principles. You don’t have to actually achieve anything at all. Basically, you just need good hair and a closet full of power ties.

I’d take it in a heartbeat.

bofh on November 30, 2012 at 12:43 PM

I live in NJ and I believe Booker would beat Christie handily. This is a blue state. Democrats do very well here. Republicans win the Governorship generally when a Dem Governor royally screws up the state (i.e. Corzine). Christie has royally P.O.’d a large number of Republicans and if you live here you know things are not going swimmingly with the Hurricane relief efforts.

Christie has antagonized many voters in the state over the past three years and his increase in popularity will come down to earth soon. If you do not know about Booker check Wikipedia. His story is very impressive, he is reform minded with the schools and was the politician that said Obama should stop attacking venture capitalism. I plan on voting for him next year and giving him some $. Chris “Fanboy” Christie should call Obama and Springsteen and see if they would do a photo op with him during next years campaign.

Natebo on November 30, 2012 at 3:31 PM