Pallone, above, will have to leverage the New Jersey political machine to counter Mayor Booker’s star power and national fundraising base.
For now, state Democrats insist their immediate goal is to find a candidate to take on popular GOP Gov. Chris Christie in November 2013. Christie is a possible 2016 presidential candidate. The Senate primary will more than likely occur in early June 2014, with the filing deadline sometime in April 2014.
“Our No. 1 concern is to get a gubernatorial candidate and lieutenant governor, to get that going,” Bergen County Democratic Chairman Lou Stellato said. “Who runs for Senate a year from November, that’s three lifetimes from now.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.