NEWARK - Gov. Chris Christie said today he takes Newark Mayor Cory Booker at his word that he is not going to run for governor.
Christie said that he believes Booker who said this week that he feels remaining mayor of Newark would be better for now than giving that post up to run for governor in 2013.
He said he hasn’t spoken to Booker, either by phone or text message, which is how they normally communicate.
In the long run, Christie said, he really doesn’t care who he’ll run against, saying the Democratic Party will put up somebody and he’ll just have to make his case for re-election.
State Sen. Barbara Buono is the only declared Democratic gubernatorial candidate so far.
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"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran- Star-Ledger
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