Non-Story of the Day: Cory Booker Maybe or Maybe Not Mulling Run Against Christie in 2013

Posted by on Aug 24, 2012 at 8:51 am

This silliness keeps popping up every few months. The Democrats in New Jersey have zero hope of unseating Chris Christie next year if he runs for re-election, but some media types keep hyping famed hostage video-maker Cory Booker.

Booker probably could win if Christie isn’t the nominee, a possibility since I’m hoping he becomes Mitt Romney’s Attorney General.

Some Democrats see Booker as the only 2013 option against Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

By virtue of his fundraising ability, charisma and potential to transcend a fragmented state party, others see him, at the very least, as the preferred nominee.

“He’s the most viable candidate who comes to mind at this moment,” said Charlotte DeFilippo, chair of the Union County Democratic Committee.

DeFilippo likes her home county leader, Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage, as a candidate if Booker does not choose to challenge Christie.

So does DeFilippo’s fellow Union County power player, state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-20), who has repeatedly publicly stated his preference as Booker first and Bollwage second.

One party source said he didn’t necessarily read Booker’s accelerated appearances before the chairs as an indication that the Newark mayor is leaning toward taking on Christie.

“I don’t know what he ultimately plans to do,” said the source.

Which pretty much makes this story pointless, no?

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