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Booker on his Political Future: Maybe Senate, Maybe Gov

Monday, May 16, 2011

Newark Mayor Cory Booker said he absolutely feels "in the right place at the right time doing the right thing," but that doesn't mean he's not wondering about what might come next when his second term comes to an end.

Speaking to WNYC on Monday, he said he hasn't ruled out running for a third term, particularly if his school reform agenda is getting traction, but he noted that he knows political success can be hard to sustain past the eight year mark. 

"If I stayed in politics there’s only two other seats in New Jersey," he said. "That’s governor and senator."

At this stage, Booker sounded more drawn to the Senate than the mansion. He said he's already started collecting books to study the institution.

"I'm one of those Americans right now that’s a little despondent about the Senate and their ability to get things done," Booker explained of his interest. "But I’m just not sure, if I want to make a difference in the Senate, if I want to help the Senate change, I’m not sure doing it from inside is the best way to do it, but I don’t know I haven’t studied it."

Sen. Frank Lautenburg (D-NJ) will be 90 years old when he's up for reelection in 2014.

A race for governor would be more complicated, Booker said, given his relationship to Gov. Chris Christie. He disagrees with him on some major issues, but he likes the guy.

He’s somebody who...I disagree with a lot of things, but a lot of the core elements of what he’s doing I think are better than we’ve had in the past under Democratic governors. And the benefit I’ve had in Newark for a long time is that I’ve always ran against people that were clearly going to really hurt my city.

For now, Booker said his plan is "to have the best 1,095 days imaginable," and to hit the stump for President Barack Obama's reelection campaign — an investment which certainly won't hurt, no matter what his future plans.

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Comments [1]

Solomon Kleinsmith from Omaha, NE

As an independent from Nebraska, this guy is someone I'd love to see on the national stage. Share him with the rest of us! haha

Hopefully it wouldn't ruin him, like it does so many other pragmatic politicians when they settle into DC.

May. 17 2011 01:38 PM

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