New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, talks with Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker during groundbreaking ceremonies for the Teachers Village development in downtown Newark, N.J. A New Jersey Democratic county chairman says Booker has told him he’s considering running for governor against Chris Christie in 2013, according to The Associated Press, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Newark mayor Cory Booker is one of the Democratic Party’s biggest rising national stars and there are hopes that he will challenge New Jersey’s incumbent governor Chris Christie when he runs for re-election in 2013.

But Hurricane Sandy has apparently put any Booker campaign announcements on hold for the time being.

“The reality is Sandy has pushed my timeline back,” Booker said on his monthly radio program on WBGO.

According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Booker “plans to decide whether to challenge Christie — who has indicated he plans to seek re-election — by mid-December, leaving plenty of time for other potential Democratic candidates to mount a campaign.”

Christie and Booker appear to have a cordial, even friendly, public working relationship so a hard fought campaign for the governorship should certainly be fascinating for political pundits and fans of both popular politicians.