They know it’s an uphill struggle:
With his popularity and visibility at record highs after Superstorm Sandy, Democrats are wondering if there is anyone left in the party to challenge him for re-election, beyond the one declared candidate who is not the first choice of the party establishment.
Democratic State Committee Chairman John Wisniewski said he’s “antsy” for a decision from the fence-sitters.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker was believed to the most formidable potential challenger but he said “no” last month, throwing Democrats a curve many said was unexpected. Booker on Tuesday filed with the Federal Election Commission as a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2014.
Senate President Stephen Sweeney and former Gov. Dick Codey, the lawmaker Sweeney ousted to gain the leadership post, are still saying they might run. Congressman Bill Pascrell all but took himself out of the running on Thursday by telling Politickernj.com, “I’m not pursuing that position.”