(Breitbart) The White House allegedly encouraged — or pressured — Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker to forego challenging New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in 2013 and instead run for the state’s Senate seat in 2014. Booker announced on Thursday he would be exploring a run for New Jersey’s Senate seat in 2014.

A senior New Jersey Democrat told BuzzFeed the “White House weighed and convinced him to run for the Senate” because “they viewed him as an asset that they didn’t want to tarnish, and they wanted him in the Senate.”

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