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August 2, 2014

New Jersey: Geraldo Talks Senate Run on Facebook

Television personality Geraldo Rivera took to his Facebook page to clarify the legal ends of his Senate candidacy contemplations.

“Despite my constitutionally protected musings on whether to seek that high office, I am taking no formal steps to initiate the electoral process, making no declarations, forming no committees, raising no money and hiring no campaign aides,” Rivera wrote. “Therefore, there is no [Federal Communications Commission] complication regarding equal time.”

Rivera is getting at the fact that he hosts a radio program and is stating that he is still in compliance with the “equal time rule.”

Rivera has floated his name as a Republican contender in the 2014 Senate race in New Jersey. Democratic Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg has yet to announce whether he will seek re-election. Rivera’s recent comments have mostly been met with eye rolls, but according to The New York Times, Fox News “is taking it seriously.”

Thus far, the drama in the race has been primarily on the Democratic side. Lautenberg has been agitated by Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s prodding. Booker isn’t waiting on Lautenberg’s decision in preparing for a Senate bid — he’s alreayd filed paperwork and is raising money. Rivera discussed both Lautenberg and Booker in his post.

“Moreover, supporters of Newark mayor Corey Booker can hardly complain about my bully pulpit since the media-savvy mayor appears on television more frequently than I do,” Rivera wrote. “Further, I extend to Mayor Booker an open invitation to appear on my radio program as often as he would like; and that invitation is also extended to Senator Lautenberg.”

Drama or not, Democrats are heavily favored to hold onto the seat in 2014.

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