Cory Booker Takes Big Step Toward Senate Run. Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker has filed papers to create a campaign committee to the Federal Election Commission, further signaling that the mayor is running for U.S. Senate in 2014.
The committee, "Cory Booker for Senate," submitted its papers on Tuesday.
Booker has not officially announced that he is running for Senate. However, in a Newark Star-Ledger op-ed on Dec. 20, he said that he was exploring the possibility.
Booker is aiming to run for the seat held by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who will be 90 in 2014. But Lautenberg hasn't announced that he's retiring or running yet.
The Newark mayor said Monday on CNN that Lautenberg has a "decision to make" about whether to run again, but he wants to "give him the space" to do so. A recent poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind showed Booker leading Lautenberg by a 42-20 margin in a head-to-head matchup.
When reached by The Huffington Post, the mayor's office indicated it would provide comment shortly.
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