Could it be Lautenberg vs. Booker?

Newark Mayor Cory Booker stopped short of giving the “If Frank Lautenberg runs, I’ll support him” line that other Democrats use, saying that he “hasn’t even thought” about who he will back in the 2008 race for U.S. Senate.

That raises an interesting scenario: with two independent polls showing more than six out of ten New Jerseyans — and a majority of Democrats — think the 83.667-year-old Lautenberg is too old to serve another six years in the Senate, could Lautenberg lose a Democratic primary?

And, with Rob Andrews, Frank Pallone and Steve Rothman unwilling to mount a primary challenge against an incumbent could Booker be the guy who runs?

Or, is this Booker being Booker? Earlier this year, he similarly refused to commit himself to backing Congressman Donald Payne for an eleventh term next year. Could it be Lautenberg vs. Booker?