Max Pizzarro for Politicker NJ reports that Booker is reaffirming his commitment to Newark and not running for lieutenant governor in 2009. Booker insists Obama administration aware of ‘the urgency of Newark’
The appearance of a Star-Ledger story this morning describing Obama allies worried about the gubernatorial election prompted an afternoon gutcheck with Newark Mayor Cory Booker outside an afterschool facility in an old, converted firehouse serving children impacted by AIDS.
Already publicly commited to pursuing a reelection bid for mayor next year and adamantly disinterested in running with Gov. Jon Corzine as a candidate for lieutenant governor, Booker denied that anyone part of the political arm of the Obama administration wants to see him running for statewide office in 2009.
“They know I am more valuable to what they’re trying to do – here, rather than running for lieutenant governor. They are keenly aware of the urgency of Newark,” said Booker, moments after emerging from the Academy Street Firehouse, where Dr. Terry Zealand and his wife, Faye, and son Kevin, run an after-school program for children either infected or affected by AIDS, a facility that fits into a larger housing effort to care for children and families fighting the disease.