deciminyanDecember 20, 2012UncategorizedChris Christie, Cory Booker, featured, Frank Lautenberg, Rob Andrews, Senate
NBC is is reporting that Cory Booker will run for the Senate seat occupied by Frank Lautenberg. Of course, Lautenberg hasn’t said he’s not running. But Cory Booker is no Rob Andrews.
Updated by Interested Observer: Mayor Booker posted this video about his decision
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is probably making some interesting New Year’s resolutions right about now.
And I did.
Is Barbara Buono going to run unopposed as the formerly small-d democratic Somerset County Democratic Organization assumes or will the bosses find someone to run against her? Since the Building and Construction Trades are going to be supporting Christie in part or total, I think that it is safe to assume that Steve Sweeney is not going to run.
Who’s left for the bosses to back? Chris Bollwage (aka Jim McGreevey Lite if it is possible to be more of a lightweight tool of the political machines than he was) would be a Peter Shapiroesque sacrificial lamb candidate unless Murray Sabrin decides to do to Christie II what he did to Christie I, although it does not appear that there will be a galvanizing issue like late term abortions that would make another cannibalizing independent run possible unless Christie II is serious about having a national discussion about violence. Bill Pascrell and Frank Pallone could be more serious challengers and could parlay a narrow loss to Christie next year into an enhanced ability to compete with Booker in 2014.
While it is not necessarily likely, I still think that Bob Menendez could clear the field as part of a statewide Democratic unity effort whereby Barbara Buono becomes his LG, which would have value, because Menendez could run for President in 2016 if he beat Christie next year, Steve Sweeney replaces Menendez in the Senate, Dick Codey becomes Senate President, and Lou Greenwald becomes Assembly Speaker. However, if this is going to happen, I think that it needs to be done before the end of the year so that Buono can shift gears and run for re-election to her State Senate seat next year.
Sweeney vs. Christie would be an all out war.A nasty,nasty election.
But is it a war that can be won?
If Sweeney runs he will easily beat Buono or that has been Codey.
The key is money. Christie will have a lot of money .Sweeney would have to match him dollar for dollar and that would be difficult.
Sweeney has a lot to lose by running since he would have to give up his seat in the Senate.
But if he can get the money he can make it a very close race.
By trying to discredit me personally you actually endorse my comments.
I am right, many of you are wrong. Sweeney,if he wants the nomination will get the nomination. That is the political fact.
But I do appreciate all of you ” haters” who attack me personally.
Now when you begin to attack my viewpoints, maybe then we can have an open and honest discourse.
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