Geraldo Rivera I Wanna Run For Senate ... 'Cause Jersey Needs Me

3/19/2013 2:55 PM PDT

Geraldo Rivera -- I Wanna Run For Senate ... 'Cause New Jersey Needs Me


Geraldo Rivera
says he's got a real shot at winning a coveted Senate seat in New Jersey ... telling TMZ ... it's what the PEOPLE want and NEED.

Our photog ran into Rivera on the streets of NYC this weekend and asked him all about his potential Senate bid as a Republican candidate -- which he's been tiptoeing around the last few weeks.

Rivera says he hasn't made up his mind whether he'll run or not ... but from judging from our little encounter with the guy, it's only a matter of time until he officially enters the race.