(CNN) - Frank Lautenberg, the New Jersey Democrat who has served five terms in the U.S. Senate since 1982, will not seek re-election next year when his term expires, the senator said in a statement Thursday.
Lautenberg is 89 years old and returned to the Senate in mid-January after missing key votes over a weeks-long absence due to a cold which "turned into the flu, turned into a severe case of bronchitis with fluid in the chest," he said last month.
(CNN) – As if the upcoming Senate race in New Jersey couldn't get more interesting, Fox News host Geraldo Rivera said Thursday he is "truly contemplating" throwing his hat in the ring for the 2014 election.
"I mention this only briefly...fasten your seatbelt," he said on his radio program. "I am and have been in touch with some people in the Republican Party in New Jersey. I am truly contemplating running for Senate against Frank Lautenberg or Cory Booker in New Jersey."
(CNN) – Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will host a fundraiser for New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie's re-election bid, a Christie finance source confirmed Thursday.
The event will take place February 13 at the young billionaire's home in Palo Alto, California. A Facebook spokeswoman said Zuckerberg appreciates education reform efforts made in New Jersey.
(CNN) - Sen. Frank Lautenberg didn't get the best birthday gift on Wednesday, as new poll numbers indicate that even though a majority of New Jersey voters approve of the job he's doing in Congress, they don't think he deserves re-election next year.
Meanwhile, fellow Democrat and Newark Mayor Cory Booker continues to lead the now 89-year-old senator in a hypothetical 2014 Senate Democratic primary match-up.
(CNN) - Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, who has announced no plans to retire, suggested that a fellow Democrat was out of line for asserting interest in Lautenberg's seat.
And on Tuesday, he suggested he knew just how to deal with Newark Mayor Cory Booker.
(CNN) – Cory Booker revealed little Sunday about plans to explore a Senate seat next year and potentially challenge a fellow Democrat, incumbent Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
The Newark, New Jersey, mayor - who passed on running against Gov. Chris Christie in this year’s gubernatorial race - filed formal paperwork last week to open up a Senate campaign committee, but added it was only done out of precaution.
(CNN) - Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, New Jersey, has created an official campaign committee, marking a significant first step towards a 2014 Senate bid, Federal Election Commission documents show.
The non-descript but important paperwork registering "Cory Booker for Senate" was filed on Tuesday. It was first reported Friday by the Star-Ledger newspaper of Newark.
(CNN) - Should it come down to a Democratic Senate primary next year in New Jersey between incumbent Frank Lautenberg and Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a new survey suggests at this point, Booker would have the upper hand.
A Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll of registered voters in the Garden State indicates that 42% of self-identified Democrats and Democratic leaners say they would prefer the two-term mayor, who's considered a rising star in the party, as the Democratic nominee, with 20% saying they would prefer Lautenberg.
(CNN) – Democratic Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, who announced intentions to explore a U.S. Senate bid in 2014, said he hasn't yet spoken with Sen. Frank Lautenberg about whether the longtime Democratic senator plans to run for re-election next year.
Asked if Booker plans to challenge the senator from New Jersey in a primary, Booker argued it was too early to discuss the election.
(CNN) - Newark Mayor Cory Booker will not challenge New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in next year's gubernatorial race and will instead explore a run for U.S. Senate, Booker announced Thursday.
Booker will run to replace fellow Democrat Sen. Frank Lautenberg when his term is up in 2014. Lautenberg, who will turn 89 in January, is the oldest currently serving senator and has not indicated if he will run for reelection.