By PolitickerNJ Staff | February 19th, 2013 - 2:31pm
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Short of Newark Mayor Cory Booker imploding between now and 2014, or powerful Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo not running for re-election, Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34) would have to go seriously rogue in order to run for the U.S. Senate.

Up for re-election in 2014, DiVincenzo wants to be able to run on the line with Booker in a Democratic Primary.

He doesn't want to back Oliver or U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6), for example, in the U.S. Senate race, and then have to worry about his old nemesis state Sen. Dick Codey (D-27) and attendant Joe D. antagnonists forging an aliance with Booker off the line.

DiVincenzo and his inner circle feel they already flattened Codey. They don't want to give Booker the chance to resurrect him.

The county executive wants Booker on the line with himself. 

Short of Booker and/or DiVincenzo not running or Oliver going completely off the reservation, she can't run for the U.S. Senate in 2014.

Of course, there's a lot of time between now and the 2014 Democratic Primary...

 

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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

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