Geraldo Rivera has campaign plans in the vault
January 31st, 2013
03:00 PM ET
9 years ago

Geraldo Rivera has campaign plans in the vault

(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."

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Booker, the Democratic mayor of Newark, has already announced intentions to run for the seat and potentially challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg should he decide to run for re-election.

While Booker has higher poll numbers than the longtime senator in a potential 2014 match-up, Lautenberg, 89, has scoffed at the idea and given little indication that he plans to step down.

On the Republican side, however, Rivera said he may jump into the race.

"Will you back me?" he asked Judge Andrew Napolitano, a Fox Business Network host who was also on the radio program Thursday.

"Absolutely. Absolutely. I would do everything that I could consistent with my contract with Fox–" Napolitano said.

"And mine," Rivera interjected.

"And yours. To help you get that job because you are an understander–a rare understander–of the nature of human freedom and the role of government in our lives. I would welcome this as a great gift at this stage in my life that I could call you senator."

"Wouldn't that be something?" Rivera mused.

He continued to say that he's "not going to drill this out" at the moment because he has commitments to Fox and his radio program.

"But I figure at my age, if I'm going to do it, I gotta do it," he added.

Rivera, a longtime broadcast journalist, has lived in Edgewater, New Jersey and once owned the Two River Times newspaper from 1994-2001.

He later took his proposal to Twitter, asking his followers what they'd think of a potential run.


Filed under: Cory Booker • Fox News • Frank Lautenberg • New Jersey • Senate
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Boo

    Oh puhleeze.....give me a break....

    January 31, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. dylan423

    Is this some kind of joke? Nothing else to say...

    January 31, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. Howard's Daddy

    You have a better shot going after Menendez's spot when he goes to jail.

    January 31, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Who cares what this fox dopes channel loser does ,get lost !!!!

    January 31, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    This is the man who has bought you more false stories than anyone in cable TV history. Remember that Al Capone's vault being opened on live TV? Now he works for Fox. Well, he'd better check the election laws. You cannot do both at the same time. And, it's not like you can just "Fox today", "candidate tomorrow", either.

    January 31, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. freedom

    He'd be great. Intelligent, articulate, passionate. You people laughing didn't have a problem with Al Franken? Please ! Or better yet, shut up and go run for senate yourself and see if you can do a better job in that mess of a Washington.

    January 31, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. Wake up People!

    Geraldo stick with what you are semi-good at, entertaining. I used to love the Geraldo show back in the day. Anyone remember when he got hit with the chair and had the broken nose?? Now that was funny. As for him being Senate material. Not.

    January 31, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. Greg in Arkansas

    Is that the same "vault" that Al Capone used to keep his "treasure"?
    Rivera is just another hollow, shallow shill for the GOP.

    January 31, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. LogopolisMike

    "There was nothing in Al Capone's vault. But it wasn't Geraldo's fault."

    January 31, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Squigman

    What an ego.

    January 31, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Facts don't Lie

    I never really thought Rivera and Fox News were a good match seemed to be too much along the liberal line but I guess if you have 100% right wing kooks that leaves out a bit of variety, Wonder if Ales and Murdoch would bankroll him like they said they would Petreus?

    January 31, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. Tom

    Would it be a real campaign without a Fox nut running in the election? Fox is the gift that keeps on giving for the Democrats.

    January 31, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Nametodd harrison responded:

    Rudy NYC... puting my Econ degree to use, I would equate pro growth policies as the following:
    "Energy: take advantage of new technology of fracking ..." Fracking is dangerous. How does fracking put millions of people to work? The industry is inadequately regulated. It is not a new technology. It's been prohibited for decades, and for good reason. The Bush administration eradicated the regulations and now the industry is one big free for all.

    "Allow Keystone pipeline... the state want it... let it happen." – The US currently purchases most of those resources at a deep discount because of transportation costs. It's one reason why we pay so much less per gallon of gas than Europe The pipeline would eliminate the pressure to discount it. The price would simply go up, just like it did with the Alaska pipeline.

    "Banking/Corporate: decrease Corp taxes so that its competative on the world stage, allow a limited tax amnesty on billions of corp $ overseas" – Trickle down economics is a proven failure when it comes to job creation. Corporations already pay low effective tax rates. Did you know that most of the top Fortune 500 companies pay almost nothing in taxes?

    We tried amnesty in 2004, and guess what happened. Most all of the money was paid out to investors as capital gains. The rest was paid to top executives as bonuses It didn't create any jobs. Never has and never will. Everything, except for keystone, was done during the Bush adminstration. All of it failed. We lost jobs. Lots of profits, but not jobs.

    January 31, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    The GOP clown car has its first driver for 2014. Oh, and Freedom? Franken is a Harvard graduate, with more intelligence in his pinky than Rivera has in his whole body. BY the way, thank Rivera for the letting the mentally ill out of the hospitals, since his expose on 20/20 set them loose.

    January 31, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, gee. Don't we have enough ego's in Congress as it is? Please let's not add his name to the list. For the sake of his party. The Grand Old Tea Party is a laughingstock now. This incompetent would only make it that much worse.

    January 31, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. Durundal

    how about we get some actual scholars and thinkers in to the position instead of loud mouths and media wH0r3s – bring back a little dignity to a now lackluster position

    January 31, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine


    how about we get some actual scholars and thinkers in to the position instead of loud mouths and media wH0r3s – bring back a little dignity to a now lackluster position
    Well, since the GOP is hostile to education and any thoughts other than those that appear in the ' Atlas Shrugged", don't hold your breath.

    January 31, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. California Gary

    As I recall, Geraldo used to have quite liberal viewpoints........I guess Fox News has been a bad influence on him. But you gotta like Geraldo anyway.......I for one, felt bad for him when there was nothing of note in the vault. Also felt bad for him when he got kicked out of the Iraq War for drawing troop locations in the sand for the TV audience......geez, no sense of humor those military guys........but a senator? Well.......seeing what the GOP just sent to the senate, and those they tried to send, I guess Geraldo could actually be considered a "cut above"........

    January 31, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    He's an improvement on Akin and Mourdock, but, that's not hard.

    January 31, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. livingston

    Oh please do! That would be so much fun to watch! Can you just inmagine him in a debate? Looks like the 'clown car' will be filling up early.

    January 31, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. Borderless

    Thats. Embarrassing.

    January 31, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. NVa Native

    He would be a joke, but hey so was the whole clown show that was the GOP primary of 2012. Considering Trump was a contender for GOPits in 2012 then Geraldo would be top tier for the irresponsible party of greed.

    January 31, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. sassysticks53

    LOL! Geraldo throwing his hat in the ring? This is the joke of the day!

    January 31, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    "You people laughing didn't have a problem with Al Franken?"

    Al Franken has proven to be a pleasant surprise to those of us (myself included) who were skeptical of voting for him as our Senator. At this point and barring any unforeseen ambush from the right, Franken is well on his way to a second term.

    It's doubtful Rivera will ever see a first term. But, hey. Michelle Bachmann was voted in again ... who knows, maybe Geraldo will be voted in too. It's just as doubtful that Geraldo would ever become a pleasant surprise.

    January 31, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. Pander Bear

    Oh please please please please please please please please...(fingers crossed)

    signed, every Democrat who has enjoyed watching the GOP and their outdated viewpoints circle the drain.

    January 31, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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