Divided Newark City Council would have to pick a new mayor if Cory Booker wins Senate seat

The Newark City Council may have a battle on their hands if Mayor Cory Booker is elected in this fall's special election for the U.S.

The Newark City Council may have a battle on their hands if Mayor Cory Booker is elected in this fall's special election for the U.S. Senate.

The Newark City Council may have a battle on their hands if Mayor Cory Booker is elected in this fall's special election for the U.S. Senate. (6/10/13)

NEWARK - The Newark City Council may have a battle on their hands if Mayor Cory Booker is elected in this fall's special election for the U.S. Senate.

Rutgers University political science professor John Weingart says it won't be easy to choose a successor to Booker, whose second term expires next year.

It would be up to the city council to elect someone, likely a council member, to finish out Booker's term. But the council is already missing one member and the remaining eight are bitterly divided.

The primary for the U.S. Senate race will be held in August 13.  The special election is set for October 16.

Experts say there is no frontrunner so far. The council meets Tuesday and is expected to discuss succession plans.

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