Newark Mayor Cory Booker
Newark Mayor Cory Booker speaks on his plans to campaign for the Democratic nomination to run for the seat of late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg on June 8, 2013. Photo by AFP
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Newark mayor Cory Booker announced on Saturday that he will run for the United States Senate seat left open after senator Frank Lautenberg died on Monday.

Recently, the Forward profiled Booker and highlighted his connection to Judaism. Booker has courted several high-profile Jewish donors in preparation for a Senate run and is a devoted scholar of the Torah. However, he will have to answer questions from Newark constituents, who have occasionally criticized his tenure, and will now possibly see him leave office a year earlier than expected.

In a news conference in Trenton, former U.S. senator from New Jersey, Bill Bradley, introduced Booker before his announcement. Bradley said Booker was, “the right person for the right office at the right time.”

Read more at the Forward.