After several days of speculation, Newark, N.J. mayor Cory Booker has officially announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate. Booker is running in a special primary election that will fill the seat of late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died on Monday.
The 44-year-old mayor was introduced by former U.S. Bill Bradley, D-N.J. at the press conference, who said that Booker is "the right person for the right office at the right time."
"I believe the right kind of politics allows us to see something bigger than ourselves. It allows politicians to appeal to our better nature. And it allows citizens to have faith in their neighbors, in people, in humankind. The reason I am here today is because I believe Cory Booker embodies that kind of politics and is that kind of leader," said Bradley.
The party primary will take place on Aug. 13 and the special general election will be held Oct. 16.