Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a rising star in New Jersey Democratic politics, has taken a step toward a possible bid in 2014 for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Frank J. Lautenberg.
Mr. Booker has filed papers with the Federal Election Commission creating a "Cory Booker for Senate" political committee. It doesn't guarantee he will run, but a poll released Thursday showed Mr. Booker with a nearly two-to-one advantage over Mr. Lautenberg among New Jersey Democrats.
Mr. Lautenberg, 88, hasn't said whether he intends to run for another term next year. Mr. Booker has said he is considering running in 2014 for the seat, but the two haven't spoken to each other about their plans.
Some Democrats have urged Mr. Booker to challenge Republican Gov. Chris Christie next year, but a recent poll showed Mr. Christie well ahead of the Democrat in a hypothetical match-up for governor.
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