The Democrat's first television ad of the general election. "He wants to be president. I want to be your governor."
At a campaign event for New Jersey's Democratic candidate for governor, Barbara Buono, Booker plays a role he's not used to. "El Futuro Barack Obama!"
The Newark mayor says he'll wait to make his campaign announcement until after the N.J. gubernatorial race this fall. "It would would be wrong to hold a press conference," says Booker.
Obama campaign veterans sign on with New Jersey Democrat Barbara Buono, the governor's likely challenger. "Barbara personifies a lot of [Obama's] insurgent qualities," says Del Cecato.
The state's county chairs won't align behind a candidate until February. "I personally expected that Cory Booker was going to be a candidate."
The Obama administration "convinced him to run for Senate" instead of governor, a source tells BuzzFeed. But a primary against Lautenberg would be "an unpleasant episode."
And it isn't Cory Booker. State Senator Barbara Buono, a progressive candidate, says she's filed her papers to run for New Jersey governor.