A spokesman has announced that an NBC New York report that New Jersey’s senior senator would retire is not true:
NBC New York, citing sources close to Lautenberg, reported Friday evening that the five-term Democrat had decided to retire rather than run against Newark Mayor Cory Booker in the 2014 Democratic primary. Lautenberg spokesman Caley Gray challenged the report about two hours after it was posted on the television station’s website.
“The news report that claims Senator Lautenberg has decided to retire is simply not true,” Gray said in a statement.
The NBC story said Lautenberg’s office did not comment to the station on the retirement.
Expect a bruising primary fight next year, as there seems to be no love lost between the Lautenberg and Booker camps.