From The Washington Post, about the moderate-liberal Democrat: "Two and a half weeks ago, Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) made two things clear: He’s not challenging Gov. Chris Christie (R) this year, and he’s seriously exploring a run for the Senate in 2014. What’s become less clear in the short time since Booker addressed his political future is how he fits into the 2014 Senate picture. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D) has left the prospect of another campaign on the table [at age 89] while a well-funded member of the House [Rep. Frank Pallone, a fellow Democrat] also has reportedly expressed interest in the seat. Both developments represent significant potential hurdles for Booker."
The article continues: "Even if Lautenberg retires, Booker could face a serious threat in a Democratic primary in Pallone. If congressman also gets in the race, Booker would be facing a proven fundraiser with an ability to win swing voters. 'Pallone is formidable because he represents the center of the state including some shore communities. It’s a very independent, swing kind of area,' [New Jersey Democratic strategist Paul] Swibinski said. Of course, Booker’s own strengths shouldn’t go overlooked. A rising star, he’d have no trouble raising money or finding high-profile Democrats with national profiles to back his bid. A recent survey from Democratic automated pollster Public Policy Polling showed that a majority of New Jersey Democrats favor Booker to be their candidate when matched up against Lautenberg."