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Newark, NJ - Fox's Geraldo Rivera Weighing US Senate Run In NJ

Published on: January 31, 2013 06:43 PM
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Newark, NJ - Geraldo Rivera, who hosts a weekend show on Fox News Channel, said Thursday he’s seriously thinking about running for U.S. Senate in New Jersey.

“Buckle your seat belts!” said Rivera before announcing, on his radio show on WABC-AM in New York, that he is “truly contemplating” a Senate bid.

He said he has spoken to some people in the New Jersey GOP about a run, but he didn’t say what they told him.

Rivera got a mixed response when he asked his 30,000 Twitter followers how they feel about him challenging either Sen. Frank Lautenberg or Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

At 89, Lautenberg is the oldest sitting U.S. senator. The Democrat hasn’t said if he will seek re-election.

Booker, also a Democrat, has announced he is exploring a run but hasn’t made clear if he would challenge Lautenberg in a primary, should he seek another term.


No Republican has formally announced an interest in running.

Rivera, who is 69, said he has commitments to Fox and the radio show, but “I figure at my age if I’m going to do it, I gotta do it.”

“And there doesn’t seem to be any Republicans ready to work against or run against” Lautenberg or Booker, he said.

The New Jersey Republican party did not return an email asking for comment.



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Read Comments (6)  —  Post Yours »


 Jan 31, 2013 at 07:32 PM Secular Says:

I do not know why he wants to run as a Republican. His views are mostly consistent with those of the Democratic party.


 Jan 31, 2013 at 09:41 PM Rachel W. Says:

G-d help us! We can do without his left-leaning ideals, to put it mildly.


 Jan 31, 2013 at 11:03 PM Anonymous Says:

IIRC, his mother's Jewish.


 Feb 01, 2013 at 12:21 AM iymbb1 Says:

And I'm thinking of becoming head of the UN.

Please give me a break!


 Feb 01, 2013 at 04:46 AM Pony Express Says:

I wonder if he will pass some legislation on Al Capone's Tomb?


 Feb 01, 2013 at 08:20 AM Materetsky Says:

Yep he is Jewish and not so much of a republican... He was also thought to be liberal, but whatever, he won't win there.


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