Poll: Should Cory Booker Run for Gov. or Senate?
Newark Mayor Cory Booker hints at his political future. You tell us: What position should he go after?
Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who increasingly finds himself on the national political stage, has a decision to make: run for governor or run for U.S. Senate?
Booker, 43, said he's considering both, and will make a decision in the next two weeks, according to the Huffington Post.
Speculation has swirled that Booker would seek higher office as his political star starts to shine brighter. Party officials gave him a coveted speaking spot at this year's Democratic National Convention and moves such as living off of the same allotment as food stamp recipients for a week garnered national attention.
Now the question is: Which office will he seek and who will he run against?
If he goes for governor and wins the Democratic primary, he'll almost certainly be up against Gov. Chris Christie, who announced he's seeking re-election. Riding high approval ratings for his Hurricane Sandy response, Christie could be a formidable opponent. Business Insider writes that Booker might have to overcome a 20-point polling deficit to beat Christie.
The path to a U.S. Senate seat could be more certain. It's widely assumed that Booker would run for Sen. Frank Lautenberg's seat, and that the 88-year-old Lautenberg—the oldest U.S. senator—would retire. Public Policy Polling says the Senate run may be Booker's best bet.
What do you think? Should Booker run for higher office or stay put in Newark? Vote in the poll and tell us in the comments.