Interesting convo going on in this diary. Promoted by Rosi
Speculation, rumors, backroom chatter… will Cory Booker run for Governor? Or will he defer?
Much of the speculation centers around his ambitions, whether he could win, his relationship with Governor Christie. Which is fine, if it were any other candidate.
But for the past six years I, like all of you, have listened to Booker’s politics of rectitude. His repeated proclamations that he ran for Mayor of Newark not for political ambition, but for a purpose:
I am not questioning his statements nor his intentions. In fact I support him, I trust him.
But it is time for the Honorable Mayor to put up.
This is not about a position — it’s about a mission, and a state that should be so much further along than it is. This is also about Newark.
The Cory Booker brand of politics, the mantra we have heard a million times over for the past six years demands he run for Governor.
New Jersey does not need him in the Senate. It will take decades for him to build up any real clout. And there are many well placed alternatives who share his priorities who have a good chance of winning the seat. The only real purpose such a move would have was for his personal ambitions – building a profile on national issues, perhaps following the Obama path to a potential presidential run.
New Jersey needs him as Governor. All the challenges he has been working to solve in Newark – high unemployment, how to do more with less, creative governance – are needed on a state-wide level. Plus Newark needs a Governor who will work with the next Mayor to keep his vision alive.
On the issues he professes to care about – education, marriage-equality, urban renewal – he can have a much bigger impact as a chief executive.
The need for a strong candidate to beat a Governor whose policies have taken New Jersey down the wrong path is here. There is a purpose here, a mission here, an election here.
All of us who listened to Cory’s speechifying and actually believed in his words, we are here.
Cory, you owe us a run for Governor.
We do not always get to pick our battles. Cory, your battle is waiting, it is time to fight for New Jersey. It is time to run for Governor.
“Many are called, but few are chosen.”