WASHINGTON -- Newark Mayor Cory Booker will enter the race for U.S. Senate, a campaign aide confirmed Friday.
Booker is hoping to make an announcement Saturday, though those plans have not been finalized as a weekend storm looms.
Booker has eyed the Senate seat for months and was long expected to run. He began fund-raising in January and has been collecting the signatures needed to run in the special election to replace Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died Monday morning and was buried Friday at Arlington National Cemetery.
Booker, popular and well-known across the state, is expected to be the heavy favorite, but he will have competition for the Democratic nomination.