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Cory Booker Senator run? Newark mayor announces he’s exploring candidacy

Posted: 11:36 AM, Dec 20, 2012
Updated: 2012-12-20 17:42:16-05

Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced Thursday morning that he is considering running for U.S. senator in New Jersey in 2014.

“Let there be no doubt, I will complete my full second term as mayor. As for my political future, I will explore the possibility of running for The United States Senate in 2014.” Booker said in a statement.

“As I explore a run for the United States Senate, I look forward to consulting with Senator [Frank]  Lautenberg. During my lifetime, he has been one of New Jersey’s most important leaders. It would be a privilege to continue his great legacy of service,” the statement said.

“I love Newark. I did not come to this city through the providence of birth. I chose Newark, and Newark, thank God, accepted me, embraced me and allowed me the greatest privilege of my life — to serve as mayor.”

There had been considerable speculation he would challenge Gov. Chris Christie for governor.

Read the full statement HERE .