Cory Booker Eyes 2014 Senate Run

    In this Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 photograph, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, center, sits at a campaign event for Shelley Adler, right, along with Willingboro Mayor Jacqueline Jennings in Willingboro Township, N.J. Adler is challenging incumbent, former Philadelphia Eagles football star, Republican Rep. Jon Runyan in the 3rd Congressional District. New Jerseyís most recognizable politicians, Democrat Booker and Republican Gov. Chris Christie, are buttressing their national profile this election season, stumping for candidates eager to cash in on their growing popularity and name recognition while simultaneously earning their own political chits. The two men say they are being party loyalists and answering calls to help elect their chosen candidates. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

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    Chris Christie can rest a bit easier now. Popular Newark Mayor Cory Booker--perhaps best known for running into burning buildingsshoveling snow, delivering Sandy supplies, and getting Mark Zuckerberg to shell out over $100 million--has decided not to challenge Christie for the governorship of New Jersey in 2013. Instead, Booker is exploring a candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 2014. Booker, a Democrat, was considered the best option to take down the popular Republican governor. Now, thanks to the influence of the White House, he's instead set his sights on the Senate seat currently held by Democrat Frank Lautenberg—who, at 88, is the chamber's oldest sitting senator. A Senior New Jersey Official told Buzzfeed, "The White House weighed and convinced him to run for Senate. They viewed him as an asset they didn't want to tarnish, and they wanted him in the Senate." Booker is expected to announce his decision on Thursday via Twitter.

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