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Cory Booker announces 2014 run for U.S. Senate

Cory BookerNewark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker has announced that he will “explore the possibility of running for the United States Senate in 2014.”

On Thursday morning, Booker tweeted out his appreciation for supporters and included a cryptic reference to “future plans,” linking to a video statement on his website.

He assured Newark residents that he would complete his full second term as mayor. “I will finish out this work that we have begun,” he said. But Booker noted there is a list of national issues that also needs to be addressed.

One of those challenges is to “bring sanity to our national gun safety laws,” Booker said.

The Mayor would be running for the Senate seat currently occupied by Democrat Frank Lautenberg, who, at age 88, might retire. If Lautenberg decides not to retire, Booker would face him in a primary.

Booker was rumored to be a possible challenger to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s reelection bid in 2013. But the Republican’s approval ratings have soared following his post-Hurricane Sandy publicity, and it is unlikely that Booker would have had a shot at beating Christie.

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