Newark Mayor Booker Announces Run For Senate In New Jersey

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced his candidacy on Saturday for a U.S. Senate seat for New Jersey and will run in a Democratic primary set for August to fill the seat of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker

Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced his candidacy on Saturday for a U.S. Senate seat for New Jersey and will run in a Democratic primary set for August to fill the seat of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg.

"I do not run from challenges. I run towards them," Booker said at a news conference in the city where he has served as mayor since 2006.

After Lautenberg's death on Monday, Republican Governor Chris Christie called a special election to fill the remainder of the late senator's term.

Booker had previously announced his intention to seek the seat when Lautenberg's term expired in 2014.

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