New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg (D) will not seek re-election in 2014 when his current term is up. The 89 year-old Lautenberg has been a Senator for most of the last three decades. From the Star-Ledger:
U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a pugnacious and plain-spoken Democrat who has represented New Jersey for three decades, will not seek re-election to a sixth term next year.
“I am not announcing the end of anything. I am announcing the beginning of a two-year mission to pass new gun safety laws, protect children from toxic chemicals and create more opportunities for working families in New Jersey,” Lautenberg told the Star-Ledger. “While I may not be seeking re-election, there is plenty of work to do before the end of this term and I’m going to keep fighting as hard as ever for the people of New Jersey in the U.S. Senate.”
Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) had been considering a primary challenge against Lautenberg, but now that Lautenberg is out of the race Booker is the front runner to replace him.
Polling by Monmouth and PPP found that Booker currently holds a solid lead in both a potential open primary and in a possible general election match-up. While it is still very early now, Booker is clearly the favorite to win this open seat.