Christie takes Booker at his word: No gubernatorial challenge

NEWARK – Gov. Chris Christie said today he takes Newark Mayor Cory Booker at his word that he is not going to run for governor.

Christie said that he believes Booker who said this week that he feels remaining mayor of Newark would be better for now than giving that post up to run for governor in 2013.

He said he hasn’t spoken to Booker, either by phone or text message, which is how they normally communicate.

In the long run, Christie said, he really doesn’t care who he’ll run against, saying the Democratic Party will put up somebody and he’ll just have to make his case for re-election.

State Sen. Barbara Buono is the only declared Democratic gubernatorial candidate so far.

Appearing at a ministry to announce the clemency of a woman who successfully fought drug addiction, Christie said his appearance in Booker’s city a day after Booker announced he wouldn’t run against him was a mere coincidence. He said the decision to hold the event here was decided earlier in the week.

 

"It’s not a political environment that’s particularly warm for incumbents, but it looks like Booker has little to be worried about as the campaign season draws to a close."
—Krista Jenkins, poll director and professor of political science, FDU.