Look for Gov. Chris Christie to endorse the Republican running for U.S. Senate in New Jersey, but do little else.
Steve Lonegan is running against one of Christie’s political allies — Democrat Cory Booker. And the Newark mayor is favored to win.
Lonegan is hoping to become the first Republican elected to the U.S. Senate from New Jersey in 40-plus years. Booker would be the state’s first black senator.
Christie and Booker previously teamed up to abolish lifetime teacher tenure, and say they like each other personally.
As a high-profile senator, Booker could be a prized ally if Christie seeks the Republican nomination for president.
There’s also risk involved. A too-distant governor could irritate Lonegan and his conservative cronies at a time when Christie would be wooing the Republican base.