June 4, 2013 Gov. Chris Christie needed a plausible explanation for choosing a politically advantageous, if more costly, special election date to replace the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg. Maybe he found it.
June 3, 2013 The Democrat from New Jersey was the Senate's last World War II veteran. He had said earlier this year that he would not be seeking a sixth term.
February 14, 2013 The potential Democratic Party contest between 89-year-old Sen. Frank Lautenberg and 43-year-old Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker had been shaping up to be a generational battle royale. Alas, it won't happen now that Lautenberg has announced that he won't run for re-election in 2014.
December 20, 2012 The mayor of Newark, N.J., ended whatever suspense existed by saying he will "explore" a run for the U.S. Senate, not governor. He thereby averts a clash with the very popular Gov. Chris Christie.