Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker on Tuesday said he intends to make a decision on whether to run in the state's 2013 gubernatorial race "as quickly as possible," but he won't be influenced by the news that popular Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) will seek re-election.
"I'm giving a run for governor thorough consideration," Booker said in an interview with The Star-Ledger. "I will make a decision as quickly as possible. Critical to my decision is not the difficulties of the politics or positioning in polls but choosing the position — mayor, governor, U.S. senator or one outside of electoral politics — from which I can make the best contributions to the city and state I love."
A poll from Quinnipiac University out Tuesday suggested that Christie would make for a formidable foe, with 72 percent of New Jersey voters currently approving of the job he is doing as governor.