A run for governor is just one of the options Newark Governor Cory Booker is considering for next year. During an appearance on CBS’s Face The Nation, Booker confirmed rumors that he may against New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in the 2013 election.
“I am absolutely considering running for governor, as well as giving other options some consideration. I’m going to be focused on that for the next week to ten days or so,” he said on the program. “It’s got to be within the next two weeks, there’s a lot of very good candidates for Governor on the Democratic side.”
During an appearance on CNN Friday, Booker said that Christie could be vulnerable to any Democrat, a message he continued on Face The Nation. Booker went on to acknowledge that a senate run could also be in the cards, as he believes that there are a number of strong Democratic candidates to run against Christie. Current New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney is among the possible names on the Democrat ballot for both Governor and Senate next year.
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“Life ultimately is not about position, it’s about a purpose,” he said on Sunday’s show. “My purpose that I try to focus on every single day is how can I make a difference in the world around me and the community around me. So I’m really thinking about both offices right now and which one can I better serve on the issues that I’m passionate about.”
Booker has seen a rise in popularity since his speech at this year’s Democratic National Convention. The 43-year-old mayor is in the midst of a challenge to live for a week off food stamps, requiring him to spend less than five dollars a day to eat. Booker’s SNAP challenge began last Tuesday, and he has been keeping followers posted on his progress through his Twitter account.