As Democrats try to figure out who will challenge Gov. Chris Christie, former Governor James Florio said he believes Newark Mayor Cory Booker would clear the field.
“He has sufficient name ID, gravitas and ability," said Florio. "The governor is at a high point, but Booker would make it a race.”
Sources say Booker is mulling a 2013 run at Christie. Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) could run if Booker doesn’t, sources say.
Florio said Booker has talked to him about a candidacy, but said he did not wish to share the substance of their discussions.
“I’ve had some conversations with him,” said the former Democratic governor. “I think he’s seriously considering it.”
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"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop- PolitickerNJ.com
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