Geraldo Rivera considers a Senate bid

Reporter Geraldo Rivera appears on the 'FOX & Friends' All American Concert Series at FOX Studios on August 24, 2012 in New York City. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

The TV and radio personality says he may run for the Senate in New Jersey in 2014 Geraldo Rivera said on his radio show today that he's considering running for Senate in New Jersey as a Republican.

"I mentioned this only briefly to my wife ... but I am and I've been in touch with some people in the Republican Party in New Jersey," said Rivera, who, in addition to his radio show, appears on Fox News. "I am truly contemplating running for Senate against Frank Lautenberg or Cory Booker."

"I'm not going to drill this out, because obviously I've got commitments to Fox and to here at the radio program and I'm really having a great time," Rivera continued. "But I figure at my age, if I'm going to do it, I've got to do it. And there doesn't seem to be any Republicans ready to work against or run against Cory Booker, the popular Newark mayor."

The 89-year-old Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., hasn't said yet whether he will run for reelection next year, but Booker, also a Democrat, is already exploring a bid for the Senate seat. Democrats are likely to hold onto the seat in the blue state, regardless of whether Lautenberg or Booker runs as the party's nominee.

So far, no Republicans are in the running for Lautenberg's seat, but according to The Record, possible contenders include State Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, state Sen. Joe Kyrillos and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.

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