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Newark Mayor Cory Booker enters NJ Senate race

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker formally declared his candidacy for U.S. Senate on Saturday.

Mayor Booker announced his candidacy during a press conference in Newark and wants to fill the seat left open after the death of longtime Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) , who died earlier in the week.

He was joined at the press conference by former NJ Senator and New York Knicks star Bill Bradley, who stood by his side.

"We need someone in the United States Senate who's actually had to work on difficult problems, who's actually had to find people jobs, who's actually had people standing in front of their homes and had to work on everything from getting people into food stamp programs to helping young people better afford college," Booker said.

Reps. Frank Pallone and Rush Holt are also planning to enter the Democratic primary but many feel Booker is the front-runner. All candidates have until 4 p.m. Monday to file petitions with the secretary of state.

Booker, 44, said he would travel the state to earn every vote. Governor Chris Christie set the primary for August 13 and a special election for the balance of Lautenberg's term for October 16.

He said he would be sad to leave Newark sooner than expected but that he's confident that $1 billion in development projects in the pipeline in Newark would move forward and that the city's momentum would continue.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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