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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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