Lautenberg Takes Digs at Booker

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -

Sen. Frank Lautenberg says Newark Mayor Cory Booker is entitled to run next year for the seat he now holds but is not revealing his own plans.

Talking with reporters yesterday in Washington, he warned Booker he likely wouldn’t be the only candidate “drooling” over the job.

Lautenberg’s comments came in interviews with The Philadelphia Inquirer and Gannett’s Washingon bureau.

When Lautenberg was asked about whether Booker was being disrespectful, the Inquirer says the senator talked about how he gave his children a spanking when they were disrespectful and “everything was OK.”