Report: Booker Considering Run for Governor
Newark mayor says he is meeting with Democratic county chairs on Obama's behalf
Cory Booker is eyeing a run for New Jersey governor in 2013, according to reports.
The Newark mayor and his political consultant Mark Matzen have reportedly been meeting with state Democratic county chairs to discuss challenging Republican Gov. Chris Christie, according to PolitickerNJ.
Some see Booker as the best candidate to run against Christie, the publication also reported.
"He’s the most viable candidate who comes to mind at this moment," said Charlotte DeFilippo, chair of the Union County Democratic Committee, PolitickerNJ reported.
Booker, who has been traveling the country in recent months to stump for President Barack Obama with whom he's been closely tied to since 2007, deferred questions about a possible gubernatorial run last night on WBGO's "Newark Today."
"My focus clearly right now is the city of Newark and again, after the presidential election, there will be a lot of things to consider," Booker told host Andrew Meyer. "But right now my big focus is getting President Barack Obama re-elected."
Booker, co-chair of the Democratic party's platform committee, will present the party's platform to delegates at the Democratic National Convention Sept. 4 in Charlotte, N.C., according to NJ.com.
Last month, Patch reported Booker was "strongly considering the options at the end of my term," which expires in 2014, adding that he had his sights set on either a gubernatorial run or the U.S. Senate seat currently held by 88-year-old Frank Lautenberg.