06/03/2013 03:12 pm ET

Geraldo Rivera: Senator Lautenberg's Death 'Effectively Ends' My Senate Ambitions

Geraldo Rivera announced on Monday that his Senate ambitions are effectively over.

Earlier this year, Rivera revealed that he was considering running for Senate in New Jersey, against Senator Frank Lautenberg or Newark mayor Cory Booker if he decided to seek the Democratic nomination. Lautenberg passed away at the age of 89 on Monday. Rivera reacted on his radio show, calling the senator a "wonderful man" and praising his work in Congress.

The Fox News host also dismissed any speculation that Governor Chris Christie would choose him to serve as senator in the interim. "Although I think I have a real important message, I’m the last person I believe Governor Christie will consider right now," Rivera said.

"I would definitely take the call," he continued, "But I think that effectively — I don't wanna say that this too bluntly — but I think this effectively ends my speculation that I would run for the Senate."



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