Can you blame him?
Newark Mayor Cory Booker says he will not challenge New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in next year’s gubernatorial race and will instead explore a run for U.S. Senate in 2014.
Booker, in a video posted to his YouTube page Thursday, said he would finish his term as mayor and “explore the possibility of running for the United States Senate in 2014.”
NBC 4 New York was first to report the decision Thursday.
Booker says he will consult with Democrat Frank Lautenberg, the 88-year-old senator whose term is up in 2014 and is the oldest serving senator.
“It would be a privilege, an honor, to continue his legacy of service,” Booker said.
Booker’s decision not to challenge Christie comes as the Republican incumbent enjoys record-high approval ratings in polls taken since Sandy hit the Garden State.
Many Democrats considered Booker, the two-term mayor of Newark, to be their best chance to take on the popular Christie.
Earlier today, Booker sent out this tweet:
While I generally agree with the tweet, I have a feeling that the popularity currently being enjoyed by a certain New Jersey resident might have nudged him in the direction of the U.S. Senate.