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Cory Booker considering run for NJ governor, Senate

Newark New Jersey mayor Cory Booker said he will decide in the next two weeks.

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker talks to students at Maple Avenue School November 18, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Newark New Jersey mayor Cory Booker said he is considering running for governor or the state's Senate seat.

"I am absolutely considering running for governor, as well as giving other options some consideration." Booker told CBS News' "Face the Nation."

Booker, a Democrat, said he would decide "in the next few weeks."

The Associated Press reported Booker would challenge the state's current, popular governor Chris Christie next year or if he decides to run for Senate, it would be for Democrat Frank Lautenberg's seat, who has not yet announced he will retire.

AP said recent polls show Booker could come close to beating Christie.

Booker is currently living off food stamps, as an experiment, given his city's high unemployment rate. He is surviving on the weekly average for recipients: $30 of food a week.

"I had an apple for breakfast," Booker told CBS. "I burnt a sweet potato and couldn't go out and buy another one because it wasn't on my budget so I cut around the burned part and had a sweet potato around lunch time and made a casserole with broccoli, cauliflower, beans, and peas and nursed that over a couple hours."

Booker also confessed he can't afford coffee.

"Even going to Starbucks and buying a cup of coffee is more than my daily food allows right now," Booker said. "I'm thoroughly uncaffeinated right now. And it's a terrible state of human existence. I don't see how people do it."

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/121209/cory-booker-considering-run-nj-governor-senate