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All Eyes on Lautenberg, Booker in N.J. Speculation Game

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Lautenberg will be 89 in January, leading to speculation about his future. Many see Booker as the logical choice to run for the Senate seat, regardless of whether Lautenberg will run again, but the Newark mayor is reportedly also considering a gubernatorial bid.

Booker is the first name on most Democrats’ lips when it comes to statewide office, but Pallone is mentioned often as well. He has not made his intentions clear, but his interest in the Senate is well-known. He has $3.5 million in cash on hand — an enormous sum for a congressman in a relatively safe House district.

Should Booker opt for a Senate race, a Booker-Pallone primary is not out of the question, although that scenario is seen as boosting Lautenberg if in fact a three-way race materializes.

Niels Lesniewski contributed to this report.

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