The mustachioed host of the Fox News Channel’s “Geraldo at Large” is seriously considering running for U.S. Senate.
Geraldo Rivera announced on his radio show Thursday that he has already told friends and family that he is considering running as a Republican against whatever Democrat wins the 2014 primary in New Jersey.
The two frontrunners for the Democratic primary are widely believed to be Newark Mayor Cory Booker and incumbent Senator Frank Lautenberg. Lautenberg has not yet announced whether he intends to retire or run for the seat again.
“You know, I mention this only very briefly … but I am — I’ve 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.”
Rivera made the announcement with his friend and Fox News colleague Judge Andrew Napolitano on the phone. Rivera asked Napolitano if he would have the judge’s support.
“Absolutely. I would do everything that I could consistent with my contract with Fox,” Napolitano offered, “to help you get that job because you are an understander — a rare understander of the nature of human freedom and the role of government in our lives. I would welcome this as a great gift at this stage in my life that I could call you Senator Rivera.”
“Wouldn’t that be something?” responded Rivera.
Rivera explained that one of his national priorities would be to implement New York City’s targeted “stop, question and frisk” methods to fight crime nationwide. Rivera said police should rely on “block-by-block” statistics to determine “stop and frisk” guidelines instead of relying on racial profiling.
“I’m telling you, Chicago and Philly and the other cities can do what New York did, dramatically cutting homicides.