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The Bubbling War in Jersey’s Senate Race

Just imagine once the calendar turns 2014.

There’s a storm brewing over a possible primary match-up in next year’s Senate primaries.  While most in the media are thinking it will be Georgia Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss, the much more likely intra-party fight maybe in the Garden State between Newark Mayor Cory Booker –seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party — and 88 year old incumbent senator Frank Lautenberg.

Booker set off the political equivalent of a tactical nuclear bomb in New Jersey politics late last year when he announced he wouldn’t run for governor against Chris Christie and would instead run for the Senate.

One problem with that move — Lautenberg hasn’t announced he’s retiring and his staff has all but indicated he’s going to be seeking another term.

So naturally, it is leading to some butting of heads before the primary has even technically “begun.”

Mayor Booker says, “I want to give him the space to make his own decision. I’ve announced my intention to run, but the reality is is we’ve got a good Senator. He’s been loyal. He’s been there for a long time. And I think he’s got a decision to make. So, I’m focusing on my job for now. And I hope to talk to him. We’ve reached out to him a number of times. In fact, I had a plane trip going down to meet with him, but unfortunately with a lot of the challenges going down in Washington, he had to cancel the meeting.”

“He’s got a decision to make?”  Wow, that’s impressive to say to a sitting senator, especially one in your own party.

Makes you wonder who calls their version of “Tony Soprano” first.  This is Jersey after all.

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