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The Huffington Post is reporting that the Newark Mayor is talking with Democratic Party officials about a possible bid to oppose New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in 2013, when Christie comes up for re-election.

A quick excerpt from the article

Booker has reportedly been taking meetings with party chairs in the weeks ahead of the Democratic National Convention, which begins on September 3 in Charlotte, N.C. During these meetings, Booker and adviser Mark Matzen have expressed interest in challenging Gov. Chris Christie (R) next year.
This could be an interesting electoral matchup: The Republican Great White Hope for 2016, versus a rising star in the Democratic Party. A Booker victory would almost certainly put a major damper on Christie's Presidential ambitions. Further, it would mean that we could get Christie out of the Governors mansion, which is a big deal.

However, the glaring flaw with this plan, as noted within the HuffPo piece here, is the very warm and surprisingly friendly relationship between Christie and Booker. That alone could prove to be a handicap on any attempt to unseat Christie. Either way, it will be interesting to see whether he attempts to challenge Christie in 2013, or whether he waits for another year to try for a Senate seat in 2014.

I'm interested to see where this may go.

Edit 1: For those who still don't completely forgive him for the Bain comments, I understand entirely where you are coming from. But no matter what way you slice it, Booker would be a far superior Governor. If we can get guys like Christie out of the Governors mansions of the nation, it would be a net benefit. If Booker ends up running, I would hope a petty dispute with him over the Bain comment doesn't prevent you from helping remove Christie from office.

Plus, don't forget this gem from Mr. Booker.

He could be a good one.  

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  •  hope he doesn't (7+ / 0-)

    expect out-of-state support from democrats after his comments on Bain Capital. Oh, whoops - never mind, he'll get lots of $ from his BFFs at places like Bain.

    $ to DFA, none to DSCC/DCCC/DNC

    by grrr on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 09:59:10 PM PDT

  •  Yes, YES! (2+ / 0-)
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    ororis, Smoh

    Ending Christie's career in 2013 would be savory sweet.

    The fact that Booker is the one talking to officials about the bid, and not the other way around, sort of pokes holes in the notion that he wouldn't because of friendship.

    "Let's put the jam on the lower shelf so the little people can reach it." - Ralph Yarborough

    by Zutroy on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 10:00:30 PM PDT

  •  Our biggest concern in 2013 should be virginia (1+ / 0-)
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    Cuccinelli is going to run for Governor and he's one of the most radical abortion opponents around. We need a strong dem candidate for this one.

    •  Any poll numbers (0+ / 0-)

      On Cuccinelli?  I know its early but with Governor Ultrasound and him what are the voters feelings?

      Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

      by Rosalie907 on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 10:34:39 PM PDT

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    •  Va Gov will go - as always - against the party.... (0+ / 0-)

      in the White House.

      Cooch is a next-level idiot, however, who is not stealthy with his positions. We could defy history with the right candidate, but alas I fear it would be Terry McAuliffe.

  •  You know the thing about Booker (7+ / 0-)

    fucking over the Obama campaign and the Democratic party?  He was a prominent member of the Democratic party, and he has to go to Sunday show to talk about how Democrats make him sick?  

    I wonder why Booker didn't talk to people in his own party about his concerns before fucking all Democrats.  I guess it's because he sees the party as just a tool to feed his own ambition.  He doesn't work with Democrats, he just uses them.

    I wonder if Democrats still make him sick.  I think he might have a shot at Christie if he runs as a Republican.  He can rely on all that Wall Street money, where the asses taste so good he can't stop licking them.  

    If he runs as a Democrat he will make me sick.  I can't wait until his political career ends and we can stop talking about this fucking douchebag.

    Let's see where he carpetbags to next.

  •  Prefer (3+ / 0-)
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    skohayes, lonemorriscodem, Smoh

    he wait and run for Senate the following year.
    Lautenberg certainly will retire, and Booker likely would be the best bet to retain the seat.

  •  I'm not sure that this makes any sense (2+ / 0-)
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    rexxnyc, Smoh

    Jersey is, to this NYC denizen, very suburban. Chris Christie (aka "Fat Fattie") epitomizes the average NJ voter.

    I have a sister-in-law who is a teacher (the most potentially pro-Booker of my relatives there), her husband who, while unemployed/disabled and on Veteran's benefits and Medicare benefits for goddess knows how long, is a knee jerk Republican voter (aka votes against his own interests). I also have a brother-in-law at the northern end of the state who is a knee-jerk Republican voter. And I, and my dear husband, are pretty sure he has ODS.

    He's one of the many NJ guys who  are are:

    1) Incredibly uncomfortable that the POTUS is "black"
    2) Completely pissed off that the "black" POTUS is ten times smarter and more accomplished than he is.

    (!!!  Have you noticed that the haters have shown their true racist colors this week. I.e. Obama has "no accomplishments"?  Their insecurities are being blasted through the Internet/ Web media megaphones of insecurity-revelation!

    Yet, unless there is a decided shift in the NJ narrative before mid-2013, I fear that "Fat Fattie" may be on a fast-track to re-election.

    Please tell me why I'm completely wrong.

    "A pride of lions" "A murder of crows" "A wunch of bankers"

    by Glinda on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 10:25:31 PM PDT

  •  orois - Cory Booker surely you jest (2+ / 0-)
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    Winston Sm1th, Smoh

    Cory has been persona non grata in Dem circles (or at least at DKOS) since he asked the Dems to stop picking on his friends in private equity.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 10:29:37 PM PDT

  •  Just forwarded this diary (3+ / 0-)
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    Youffraita, cany, Smoh

    To my cousin who lives in NJ, is very politically active there and HATES Christie.  It will be interesting to hear what she thinks.  I know I'm still pissed with Booker for what he said about Democrats and Obama and he's been laying low since then.  Also, it will be interesting to see if my dictator Mayor, Bloomturd, supports Christie or Booker who he has sided with on gun control and a couple of other issues.  As for Wall Street, they'll support Christie because he's one of them.

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

    by Rosalie907 on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 10:32:59 PM PDT

  •  I really can't believe how negative people (3+ / 0-)
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    Youffraita, skohayes, Fabienne

    are around here on Booker. He said ONE thing (then took it back) that was less then positive about a tactic that Democrats were taking againt Romney and suddenly he's the arch enemy.

    Did no one ever listen to President Obama in all the years he's been speaking? Because he used to say the same kind of "post partisan" unity schtick "everyone's right and wrong" stuff allllll the timmmmme. And, by the way, any New Jersey political figure who tells private equity to go to hell is a fool politically and in terms of policy. It's like a Texas pol saying they should stop drilling for oil.

    Anyway, Booker is one of the only politicians I genuinely like and I think he's busted his ass for Newark. I don't think his chances against Christie are that great, but we could do worse (just about any New Jersey democrat is worse).

    Hillary Clinton's Liberal Ranking

    by tigercourse on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 10:52:37 PM PDT

    •  post-partisan unity is, to me, VERY different (6+ / 0-)

      than what Booker did.

      when the pres, independent groups, and folks like us were howling about Bain and Romney, Booker slapped us all in the face for going after an issue that HAD and HAS legs.

      it was an shitty and unprincipled thing Booker did and I would NEVER support him.i

      202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

      by cany on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 11:19:58 PM PDT

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    •  "He said ONE thing..." (2+ / 0-)
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      Smoh, ursofakingwetoded

      Why the assumption that opposition to Booker from the left is all about the Bain gaffe?  It's not.  The man has a history of center-right politics that causes many of us to think we can do better in a candidate.

    •  He also favors corporate education "reform"... (1+ / 0-)
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      Bill W

      ...that enriches profiteers and screws children and parents.

      If I lived in New Jersey, I'd work my tail off to stop him in the primary.

      "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

      by JamesGG on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 05:52:44 AM PDT

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    •  Booker's whole career (1+ / 0-)
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      has been built on Rahm Emmanuel style Democratic ideals; attack public employees and their pensions/salaries/benefits. we already have a governor that does this. He's a Republican, and you all know who he is. Let's see a Democrat run who actually represents the original party ideals. Codey does. Buono does.

  •  Not this Dem. I liked him. I followed him. (2+ / 0-)
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    TomP, Smoh

    I thought he was, you know, different.

    I don't speak for the whole party. I just support Dems who uphold the same values I do, and I gladly do so from coast to coast.

    Booker IS better than Christie. I'll give you that.

    Is that really the standard we've set for ourselves? Doesn't NJ deserve better than "better than Christie"?

    And Booker seems to want the White House. So let's be sure, before we launch him, that we are all perfectly clear whose side he is on.

    © grover

    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 11:48:48 PM PDT

  •  Booker and Christie's friendship (2+ / 0-)
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    lonemorriscodem, Smoh

    A lot of it has to do with, well, Booker's the mayor of the largest city in New Jersey. Of course he'd want to have a good relationship with the governor.

    I saw this coming as soon as Christie won, to be honest. Booker's immensely popular in Newark and would definitely give him a run for his money. Their friendship might also allow him to try and strike a more civil tone, especially if Christie continues being an assface and he can take the high road.

  •  People, people, people (2+ / 0-)
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    lonemorriscodem, Fabienne

    You need to get over this silly fascination with Booker's one comment on one TV show. It's certainly no different than anything half of our senators have said in defending Wall St.
    I like Booker, he's very popular in Newark, for obvious reasons- because he helps the people he serves.
    Isn't that something we should encourage in our politicians?
    If he can beat Christie, I'll take him, tho as someone mentioned above, replacing Lautenberg when he retires from the Senate might be more helpful.
    Go Mayor!

    “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

    by skohayes on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 03:56:05 AM PDT

    •  He may be immensely popular in Newark, (2+ / 0-)
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      as you and others here noted, but that's not where the votes are in NJ. Not that he won't play well in the suburbs, but not as well as Christie. At least not this year or next. Plus there's that off year election vibe where the handful of elections tend to go against the party in the White House (which will be ours).

      The better career move is to shoot for Lautenberg's seat in '14. But that won't just be his for the asking. There are several NJ House members who'd love to move up to the Senate: Andrews, Pallone, maybe Holt (the best of the lot).

    •  You need to get over this silly fascination (1+ / 0-)
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      I'd say you need to understand how Presidential politics works in a crucial election year, and how imperative it is to defeat Mitt Romney. The Obama campaign had just launched an attack focused on Romney's actions at Bain Capital, something that has proven to be very effective at communicating just who Mitt Romney is. It was not a broad-sided attack on venture capitalists in general, or on Wall Street in general (although God knows there's plenty of reason to do so)—the attacks were targeted at Romney. If Booker didn't like it, he had the choice of either keeping his pie hole shut in public and communicating his grievances privately to the Obama campaign, or of openly stabbing his party leader in the back. He chose the latter, to the absolute delight of Fox News and Republicans everywhere.

      I'm not a NJ resident, but I wouldn't vote for him for dog catcher. In the immortal words of Dick Cheney, Cory Booker can go fuck himself. He made his bed, now he can lie in it.

      •  We managed to overlook (0+ / 0-)

        a lot of things when we elected Barack Obama.
        As my dad is fond of saying, nobody's perfect.
        Who is even still talking about that comment besides a few (very few) disgruntled Dems?

        “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

        by skohayes on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 02:58:36 PM PDT

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  •  Would be interesting (1+ / 0-)
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    Leaving aside for a second the question of whether Booker is a good or a bad person, it would be interesting if he ran, since there's a real animus in New Jersey toward the state's urban areas.  This dislike is partly racist, but unfortunately it's not limited to racists, or to Republicans (although it certainly helps Republicans like Christie get elected).  

    Of course, this animus isn't universally held, and it may be changing; Senator Menendez won a close election in 2006 partly by making inroads into suburban areas, and is expected to win reelection easily this year.  I'm sure Booker is watching to see how many suburban and rural votes Menendez gets as part of his decision whether to run for statewide office or not.  

    Don't crash the gate--take back the keys.

    by lungfish on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 05:11:53 AM PDT

  •  This seems like a good place (1+ / 0-)
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    to point something else out:  Lautenberg's signature issue is gun control, yet he somehow manages to win decisive victories throughout his career even in many rural and small-town areas of the state:
    Maybe this is one of the reasons why suburbanites and urbanites' voting patterns aren't as different as they used to be.  

    Don't crash the gate--take back the keys.

    by lungfish on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 05:15:42 AM PDT

  •  I bet if he decides to run... (0+ / 0-)

    there will be a voter ID law put into place here in NJ.

  •  I have heard (0+ / 0-)

    thru the dem grapevine that the state dems hate CB because he helped get Christie elected. The Bain comment did not surprise me because of what I have heard about him. The state party views him as a traitor. Just look at his cozy relationship with that bloviating bully guvnah. Anyone else know about this? Him and Scott Garrett and 1 other repub?

    Promise them the elevator and give them the shaft.

  •  I got this from my cousin (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks for the update.  I have not heard any of this.  But I think that the anti Obama poison in New Jersey will be a hindrance to Booker who would make a great Governor.  They are going to have to find a "white" man!

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

    by Rosalie907 on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 08:36:42 AM PDT

  •  We're talkin about Jersey here..... (0+ / 0-)

    While I would like to see the present governor go down in a stinking ball of flames, it ain't gonna happen; not at least if Booker is the opponent.  

    Everyone is crying out for peace; no one's crying out for justice...

    by mojave mike on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 08:47:53 AM PDT

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