Dominion of New York


August 24, 2012

Cory Booker Weighing Gubernatorial Run in 2013

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Written by: Kelly Virella

Newark Mayor Corey Booker poses with New Jersey’s State Librarian Norma Blake in 2006.


olitical observers speculated years ago — even before Barack Obama made overtures toward becoming a national political figure — that Cory Booker would become America’s first back President.  But as Obama rose to national prominence, Booker remained out of the spotlight, serving as the mayor of Newark. Now, Booker is signaling that he might be ready for a bigger political stage, PolitickerNJ reports. He’s weighing a 2013 run for New Jersey governor.

In the lead-up to next month’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, Newark Mayor Cory Booker and his political consultant Mark Matzen are meeting face-to-face with county chairs and making it known that Booker is weighing a run for governor and plans to decide by December, according to party sources.

If he decides to run for president, in 2016 or 2020, it’ll be interesting to see how much of Obama’s playbook he reprises.

About the Author

Kelly Virella
Kelly Virella lives in an East Harlem walk-up with her husband, her bicycle and her books. She's worked as a journalist for 11 years and started this website during the summer of 2011. She fell in love with New York City during her first visit here as a 16-year-old and finally made good on her promise to move here in April 2010.


Official portrait from his tenure as US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.