Cory Booker Wins Senate Seat; Ready to Run Again [AUDIO]
Now that Newark Mayor Cory Booker has won New Jersey's special U.S. Senate election, he'll soon head down to Washington to be officially sworn in. But Booker will be back campaigning in only a couple of months.
Yesterday's election calls for only a one-year term, to be followed by a normal U.S. Senate election in 2014.
"Newly elected U.S. Senator Cory Booker has a big advantage heading into next year's election because he's got a national fundraising network in place, and he's just going to keep that organization going and fundraising going. I think he's never going to get it out of high gear," says FDU political science professor Dr. Peter Woolley.
He says it's unclear what kind of challenge Booker may face in next year's primary - from members of his own party.
Dr. Woolley adds besides raising more campaign money, Booker will try to steer clear of controversy in Washington for the next several months.
"Once you're in the lead and in the seat, you want to make sure that your shining star stays bright," says Woolley. "So you do want to stay out of trouble."
Steve Lonegan said he has no plans to challenge Booker next year or seek any elected office again.
The special election was held to fill the seat held by long-time U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, who died in June.