Newark Mayor Cory Booker to Explore U.S. Senate Run

By Melanie Arter | December 20, 2012 | 11:43 AM EST

Newark Mayor Cory Booker began a food-stamp diet on Dec. 4, 2012, to "raise awareness and understanding of food insecurity" and "reduce the stigma of SNAP participation." (AP Photo)

( Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker, considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, announced Thursday that he may run for U.S. Senate in 2014.

“And so, let there be no doubt. I will complete my full second term as mayor of Newark, New Jersey. And as for my political future, I will explore the possibility of running for the United States Senate in 2014,” Booker said.

He made the announcement via Twitter, linking to a video on his website.

“We’ve got to reform a broken immigration system, deliver marriage equality to all Americans, and bring sanity to our national gun safety laws,” he said in the video.

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“As I explore a run for the United States Senate, I look forward to consulting with Sen. Frank Lautenberg. It would be a privilege, an honor, to continue his legacy of service. So I will continue my hard work as Newark’s mayor, and I believe it is in the interest of Newark that I get fully involved in New Jersey’s 2013 elections,” Booker said.

“No one is going to fight harder than me for the entire Democratic ticket, from top to bottom. Newark is my city. This is my state, and I intend to be of service to them both now and for the rest of my life,” he added.

Booker, who has been mentioned as a possible contender for the White House in 2016, addressed the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. in September.