Along with all of the damage it left behind, Hurricane Sandy has already had an impact on the race for governor of New Jersey in 2013.
Governor Christie has not yet announced whether he will run for re-election, and now Newark Mayor Cory Booker has said that the recent hurricane has delayed his decision.
Booker said, according to NJ.com, "The reality is Sandy has pushed my timeline back.” Booker is seen by many as the top challenger New Jersey Democrats can offer to defeat Christie in next year’s gubernatorial election.
According to Politicker NJ, sources said that both Christie and Booker will both run in 2013. Referring to Booker, one source said, “The National Party pressure will be too great for him to resist. The Bill Clintons of the world will start calling. They want Christie’s legs taken out from under him before 2016.”
Another source said, “Booker will run, because he’s not afraid to lose.”
Ben Dworkin, director of The Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics told The Trentonian that we first have to see whether President Barack Obama offers Booker a position in Washington next year. Dworkin said, “Maybe Obama will pressure Booker, encouraging him to run against Christie in an effort to knock off one of the strongest Republican candidates for president in 2016.”
Senate President Steve Sweeney may also be considering entering the race. Some people say Booker may not join the governor’s race because he is more interested in running for the U.S. Senate in 2014.