'Booker for Senate' officially filed

Newark Mayor Cory Booker speaks to delegates during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

WASHINGTON -- Cory Booker hasn't officially said he's running for Senate in 2014 (wink) but he's sure acting like he will.

Booker has filed FEC papers creating a "Cory Booker for Senate" political committee. National Journal first reported the development.

Of course, filing papers doesn't mean he has to run, but all signs point to Booker giving it a shot. Public opinion polls rate him as the early favorite.

Booker has said he is considering running in 2014 for the seat currently held by fellow Democrat Frank Lautenberg. He recently told CNN that he has "deep respect and love" for Lautenberg but that the two have not spoken since Booker's announcement in mid-December.

Booker said a planned meeting with Lautenberg had to be canceled due to the busy year-end schedule in Washington.