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New Jersey: Booker Explores Senate Bid

Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker is exploring a run for the Senate seat held by Democratic Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg. Booker posted a video with an announcement Thursday morning.

“Let there be no doubt. I will complete my full second term,” the Newark mayor said. “I will explore the possibility of running for the United States Senate in 2014.”

In that same video, he gave a nod to Lautenberg. The incumbent has given no indication that he plans to do anything other than run for re-election in 2014.

“As I explore a run for the United States Senate, I look forward to consulting with Sen. Frank Lautenberg. It would be a privilege and honor to continue his legacy of service.”  Click here to continue reading this story.

Declaring Violence a Public Health Crisis, Lesniak Bill Seeks Commission to Study Sources

New Jersey would declare violence a public health crisis and establish a commission to study its causes under a bill announced by state Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak (D-Union) on Wednesday.

The measure also would expand mental health programs and recommend that the federal government adopt gun control measures in the wake of the Newtown, CT massacre.

“We want to do whatever’s possible to avoid something like that,” Lesniak said.  Click here to continue reading this story.

New Jersey: Pascrell Calls Idea of Being Governor ‘Intriguing’

Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. hinted at interest in running for higher state office and he conveyed frustration that Newark Mayor Cory Booker is taking too long decide whether he will run for governor in 2013 or Senate in 2014.

A few weeks ago, New Jersey Democrats forwarded around a curious story from The Bergen Record pushing the idea of a Pascrell gubernatorial run.

“We’ll see what other people have to say about that. I’ve got more on my plate than I can think of,” he said when asked about the idea of running against Republican Gov. Chris Christie. “There’s always been something intriguing about the position, always intriguing.”

At first glance, it would seem odd that Pascrell’s considering a gubernatorial bid.  Click here to continue reading this story.

Capturing America, Fact by Fact

College graduates have less leisure time than high school dropouts. More people are injured on toilets than by skiing or snowboarding. More households have dogs as pets than cats, but cat lovers are more likely to have multiple pets. And more foreigners visited New York (9.3 million) than any other American city (Los Angeles was a distant second with 3.7 million).

Those facts are among the thousands gleaned from the 2013 edition of the Statistical Abstract of the United States, a compendium of figures that itself may go into the record books after being published by the government since 1878.

The latest version, to be released Thursday online by ProQuest and in print by Bernan Publishing, is the first to be made available privately since the Census Bureau ceased publication with the 2012 edition to save money.  Click here to continue reading this story.

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