Cory Booker this morning officially declared his candidacy for U.S. Senate.
The Newark mayor put an end to days of speculation that he would enter a growing field of Democrats running in an August special primary election to fill the seat left vacant by the death on Monday of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
Booker made the announcement at a press conference in the city he runs, where his hands-on approach and charming ways have catapulted him to the national spotlight.
“I am here because I believe people who care can find solutions to even the most difficult problems. I am here because, when we work together, I know from experience that there is no problems we can’t solve,” Booker said. “I am here today because I know who we are and what we are capable of doing together for New Jersey and for this nation.”
Former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley (D-N.J.) introduced Booker, saying it was an honor that Booker was running for the seat Bradley once held.
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— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) June 8, 2013