With Lautenberg exit, what are GOP chances to gain Senate seat?
Half a dozen potential candidates from both parties are eyeing the Senate seat in New Jersey, being vacated after 2014 by Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg. It'll be uphill for the GOP nominee.
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Geraldo Rivera (R). The attention-grabbing conservative Fox News commentator told Twitter followers last month that he’s contemplating a run. “Wondering how folks feel about me running in N.J. under GOP banner against either Lautenberg or Booker for U.S. Senate?” he tweeted.Skip to next paragraph
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Apparently not much: About two-thirds of New Jersey voters, or 65 percent, said they would not be likely to vote for Mr. Rivera, according to a poll by Monmouth University. Some 26 percent say they would be very or somewhat likely to back the conservative commentator.
Rep. Frank Pallone (D). Congressman Pallone is the only person at this point expected to give Booker a run for his money. According to early reports, he already has $3.4 million in campaign funds and is quietly working behind the scenes to line up support. Commenting on Lautenberg’s retirement, he recently told CNN “I will say his not running changes the political landscape and I’ve always been interested in the Senate, and I’m going to continue to explore running.”
Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D). "I think that I will be well prepared to launch a campaign for the US Senate,” the state legislator told reporters Thursday after Lautenberg’s announcement. If nothing else, she’ll keep Booker on his toes. “It has nothing to do with how many Twitter followers you have and it has nothing to do with how many Facebook friends you have,” Assemblywoman Oliver said, taking a jab at the Newark mayor. “Mayor Booker will have to compete for the support of the citizens of New Jersey.”
State Senate minority leader Thomas Kean (R). The Union County state senator ran for US Senate in 2006 to fill the seat of Jon Corzine, and he may be a potential Republican contender in 2014. He is the son of Thomas Kean, New Jersey governor from 1982 to 1990.
Assembly Republican leader Jon Bramnick (R). Another Union County Republican, Assemblyman Bramnick was appointed to the Assembly upon Kean’s move to the state Senate and may also vie for the open US Senate seat.
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