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Geraldo Rivera Considering Run for Senate

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The TV and radio host says that he is "contemplating" running for a New Jersey Senate seat in 2014.

Geraldo Rivera says he's thinking about running for Senate.

In an aside on his radio show, the host said that he had contacted the local GOP in New Jersey, where he is considering a run in the next election cycle in 2014. 

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“I mentioned this only briefly to my wife ... but I am and I’ve been in touch with some people in the Republican Party in New Jersey. I am truly contemplating running for Senate against Frank Lautenberg or Cory Booker," Rivera said, according to The Hill

“I’m not going to drill this out, because obviously I’ve got commitments to Fox and to here at the radio program and I’m really having a great time,” he said. “But I figure at my age, if I’m going to do it, I’ve got to do it."

Rivera anchors Geraldo at Large on Fox News and hosts on Los Angeles radio station 790 KABC. If the personality decided to jump into the race, it could set up a showdown between two highly recognizable figures.

Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark and a prominent national Democrat, has already filed papers registering his Senate campaign after considering a run to challenge Republican Chris Christie in the race for governor in 2014. 

Rivera also floated the notion of a potential run on his Twitter account on Thursday, asking followers, "Wondering how folks feel about me running in N.J. under GOP banner against either Lautenberg or Booker for U.S. Senate?"