New Jersey’s 2014 Senate race is already starting to overshadow the gubernatorial race later this year. It’s widely assumed governor Chris Christie will win reelection (especially now that he’s friends with The Boss), but the Senate race could go either way. On the Democratic side Cory Booker has announced an exploratory committee to challenge 90 year-old incumbent Frank Lautenberg, who seems intent on running again. And on the Republican side the race just got extra interesting today when ’80s talk-show host and current-day Fox News anchor Geraldo Rivera expressed interest in running.
“I mention this only briefly—fasten your seatbelt,” he said on his radio show—”I am and have been in touch with some people in the Republican Party in New Jersey. I am truly contemplating running for Senate against Frank Lautenberg or Cory Booker in New Jersey.”
Which is kind of weird, considering the only time Geraldo has really come on the political radar in recent years is when he set off a firestorm after the Trayvon Martin shooting for being the first and most visible to blame the shooting on Martin’s sweatshirt, saying, “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was” and “I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly to not let their children go out wearing hoodies.”
No one was too happy about that comment, including Aziz Ansari, who had this sentiment retweeted over 2,200 times:
It’s really appropriate to tweet this any day, but seriously – Fuck you Geraldo.
— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) March 23, 2012
Every politician has a few skeletons in the closet—but this Trayvon Martin comment is going to be a hard one to live down. Especially when you’re running against Cory Booker, a guy famous for pulling strangers from burning buildings and saving abandoned dogs from freezing to death.