Newark mayor sets sights on US Senate, drops gubernatorial hopes

Cory Booker's current mayoral term in New Jersey's largest city ends in mid-2014.

TRENTON, N.J. — Newark mayor Cory Booker has ruled out a bid for New Jersey governor and is eyeing a run for U.S. Senate in 2014.

Booker's announcement Thursday on Twitter ended months of speculation over whether the Democratic Party's biggest draw would seek to challenge Gov. Chris Christie next year.

The Republican governor's approval rating reached an all-time high after Superstorm Sandy.

There's no word on whether Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg will retire.

Lautenberg is 88. Booker is 43.

His second term as mayor of the state's biggest city ends in mid-2014.


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