Cory Booker http://www.kunc.org en Cory Booker: Supermayor Or Self-Promoter? http://www.kunc.org/post/cory-booker-supermayor-or-self-promoter In one week, voters in New Jersey go to the polls in a special primary election for a U.S. Senate seat.<p>No one on the ballot has more name recognition than Cory Booker, the 44-year-old mayor of Newark, who is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party. But Booker's critics say he's been more focused on his own ambitions than on governing New Jersey's largest city.<p>In the seven years since Booker was elected mayor, he has been ubiquitous on Twitter and on TV. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 20:33:00 +0000 Joel Rose 48016 at http://www.kunc.org Cory Booker: Supermayor Or Self-Promoter? Newark Mayor To Run For New Jersey's Open U.S. Senate Seat http://www.kunc.org/post/newark-mayor-run-new-jerseys-open-us-senate-seat Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced Saturday he would run to finish the late Frank Lautenberg's term in the U.S. Senate.<p>Booker, a 44-year-old Democrat, has served as mayor since 2006 and is Newark's third black mayor. He is hoping to claim Lautenberg's seat, which has been filled by Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa until a special election in October.<p>He made the announcement at a Saturday event in which he was endorsed by former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley.<p>Booker is considered an early front-runner in the August primary. He is expected to face fellow Democrats Rep. Sat, 08 Jun 2013 15:40:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 45518 at http://www.kunc.org Newark Mayor To Run For New Jersey's Open U.S. Senate Seat Christie Finesses Challenge Created By Senate Vacancy http://www.kunc.org/post/christie-finesses-challenge-created-senate-vacancy Only time will tell how well New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie finessed a decision that seemed to pit his personal interests against those of the broader public.<p>But by calling an Oct. 16 special election to replace the late Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg, it appears the governor took the most politically advantageous option available to him.<p>Christie insisted Tuesday that the only concern in his decision-making was the importance of elected representation for New Jersey in the U.S. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 22:46:00 +0000 Frank James 45317 at http://www.kunc.org Christie Finesses Challenge Created By Senate Vacancy Lautenberg Retirement Ends Potential May-December Senate Fight With Booker http://www.kunc.org/post/lautenberg-retirement-ends-potential-may-december-senate-fight-booker The potential Democratic Party contest for a U.S. Senate seat between 89-year-old <a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/almanac/2010/person/frank-lautenberg-nj/">Sen. Frank Lautenberg</a> and 43-year-old Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker had been shaping up to be a generational battle royale.<p>Alas, it won't happen now that Lautenberg has announced that he won't run for re-election in New Jersey's 2014 Senate race. In a statement, the octogenarian senator said:<p><blockquote><p>"I will be traveling to my hometown of Paterson tomorrow to announce that I will not seek re-election in 2014. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 23:33:00 +0000 Frank James 40234 at http://www.kunc.org Lautenberg Retirement Ends Potential May-December Senate Fight With Booker Frank Lautenberg, Oldest Member Of The Senate, Won't Seek Reelection http://www.kunc.org/post/frank-lautenberg-oldest-member-senate-wont-seek-reelection New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, the oldest member of the senate, announced today that he will not seek re-election.<p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/15/nyregion/lautenberg-says-he-will-step-down.html">The New York Times reports</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"'This is not the end of anything, but rather the beginning of a two-year mission to pass new gun safety laws, protect children from toxic chemicals, and create more opportunities for working families in New Jersey,' he said in a statement. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 23:01:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 40233 at http://www.kunc.org Frank Lautenberg, Oldest Member Of The Senate, Won't Seek Reelection