(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) – Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg plans to reintroduce legislation in the next Congress that would prohibit the sale of high-capacity magazines, his office confirmed Monday.
The senator from New Jersey is another member of the upper chamber with plans to put forth legislation limiting gun rights. Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced Sunday she'll reintroduce an assault weapons ban when Congress reconvenes in January.
Washington (CNN) - British Prime Minister David Cameron has offered to meet with four U.S. senators Tuesday to discuss the 2009 release of a Libyan man convicted of playing a role in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
"The prime minister recognizes the huge strength of feeling on this issue and has immense sympathy for the families - American, British and others - affected by the Lockerbie atrocity," said Martin Longden, the press secretary at the British Embassy. "The PM has personally asked to rearrange his program in Washington to enable him to meet with the four senators and discuss their concerns directly."
It was not immediately clear if the four senators from New Jersey and New York - Robert Menendez, Frank Lautenberg, Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer - would be able to accept Cameron's invitation to meet with him at the British ambassador's residence in Washington Tuesday evening.
Washington (CNN) - Four U.S. senators have requested a formal meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron during his visit to the United States this week to discuss the 2009 release of a man convicted of playing a role in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
The 1988 bombing killed 270 people, most of them Americans.
The Scottish government released Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds last August after doctors said he had terminal prostate cancer and just three months to live. But al-Megrahi is still alive, and news reports in recent days have questioned whether he was as sick as depicted. Questions also have been raised about whether a deal was cut to release him to protect British business interests in Libya.
Washington (CNN) - Democratic senators from two coastal states Tuesday called on President Barack Obama to reverse his call for expanded offshore oil exploration after a massive spill from a damaged well in the Gulf of Mexico.
"I will make it short and to the point: The president's proposal for offshore drilling is dead on arrival," Florida Sen. Bill Nelson told reporters.
Nelson and New Jersey Democrats Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg are also backing legislation that would raise the legal cap on damages oil companies must pay for oil spills from $75 million to $10 billion. BP, the company that owns the damaged well off the coast of Louisiana, must pay the full cost of cleanup - but Menendez said $75 million won't begin to compensate coastal communities for the costs the spill could inflict.
(CNN) - U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a New Jersey Democrat, has been diagnosed with stomach cancer, his office said in a statement Friday.
Lautenberg, 86, is not up for re-election until 2014.
"After several days of hospitalization and testing, Sen. Lautenberg's doctors have diagnosed that he has a B-cell lymphoma of the stomach," the statement said. "This is a curable tumor, and will require treatment over the next few months."
Dr. James Holland of New York City's Mount Sinai Medical Center, who is treating Lautenberg, said that he expects "a full and complete recovery" from the cancer.
Lautenberg, Holland said, will receive chemotherapy treatments administered roughly every three weeks.
"We anticipate that he will receive between six and eight treatments, and in between treatments, the senator is expected to be back at work in the Senate," he said.
Lautenberg, a New Jersey political veteran, was first elected to the Senate in 1982. He retired in 2000, but ran again in 2002 after Sen. Bob Torricelli, who was tainted by scandal, suddenly withdrew from a re-election bid.