THERE WAS no doubt that challenging Gov. Chris Christie for the governorship after his leadership on Sandy would have been a rough fight for Mayor Booker.

In fact, I doubt he would have prevailed.

A smarter move is being contemplated and it’s likely Senator Lautenberg will be encouraged to retire to make a spot for Booker.

Booker says he will consult with Democrat Frank Lautenberg, the 88-year-old senator whose term is up in 2014 and is the oldest serving senator. “It would be a privilege, an honor, to continue his legacy of service,” Booker said. [NBC New York]