Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker announced in a video posted to YouTube on Thursday that he will "explore the possibility of running for the United States Senate in 2014" after reports surfaced earlier in the day indicating that he had opted against a challenge to Gov. Chris Christie (R) in the state's gubernatorial election next year.
The seat Booker will consider pursuing is currently held by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), who is 88 years old. Booker said he will "consult" with Lautenberg during the exploration period.
"As I explore a run for the United States Senate, I look forward to consulting with Sen. Frank Lautenberg," Booker said. "It would be a privilege, an honor to continue his legacy of service."
Watch the announcement: