Frank Lautenberg’s staff (D, NJ) cuts and runs.

He’s so totally announcing the end of something, here.

“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.”

OK, now, for those following “…Booker!”Watch at home, this means that Cory Booker will still not be running for Governor in 2013, will probably be the next Senator from NJ in 2014… and will probably not be the Democratic nominee for President in 2016, although he’s now on the short wish for the VP nomination (and will be on top of it, should he win in 2014).  I know that this sounds vaguely counter-intuitive, given that Barack Obama jumped from state Senator to President in roughly five years… but then, “they let Barack Obama do X” is going to be a potent argument against whatever “X” is among the Washington Establishment, for at least the next twenty years.

Via email from Constant Reader BigGator5.

2 thoughts on “Frank Lautenberg’s staff (D, NJ) cuts and runs.”

  1. He’d probably be a more effective politician and a wiser person if he served a term as governor, though. Senators have to deal with only their staffs and are pretty much immune from the consequences of their actions, while governors usually have to exercise fiscal responsibility and to understand how to manage subordinates and organizations with strong individual interests.
    The type specimen for senators who display none of the skills needed to become a good president is, of course, the current occupant of the Oval Office. The exception that tests the rule for governors is Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown.

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