Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker (D) looks like the most formidable potential Democratic candidate in New Jersey’s 2014 U.S. Senate race, according to a poll released Wednesday.
In the latest poll from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Garden State voters were asked who among potential Democrats they would prefer to see take over for Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). Half of voters said they would like to see Booker elected if a Democrat were to win, giving the popular mayor a significant advantage over Reps. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Rush Holt (D-NJ), neither of whom cracked 10 percent in the poll. Pallone and Holt have both signaled interest in launching a bid in the open Senate race, while Booker has already filed organizing papers with the Federal Election Commission.
The poll also showed Booker crushing television personality Geraldo Rivera, who’s openly entertained the notion of running in the race as a Republican. In a hypothetical general election matchup, Booker received the support of 52 percent of voters while Rivera trailed with only 21 percent support. A poll from Quinnipiac University last month also showed Booker trouncing the Fox News commentator in a hypothetical matchup.