Booker/Lonegan Debate - My9 New Jersey

Booker/Lonegan Debate

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Cory Booker and Steve Lonegan took part in the first of two debates for the upcoming special senate election which will be held on October 16, 2013.

The word “extremist” seemed to be tossed around quite a lot during the debate where Booker would refer to Lonegan as a “Tea Party extremists” and Lonegan would call Booker a “left-wing extremist”.

“We have an extremist group, not all the Republican Party; it’s actually the Tea Party fringe which my opponent represents.” Booker preached.

“My opponent supports that very far left liberal extreme view of Government.” Lonegan said of Booker.

Both candidates outlined a clear and completely opposite view as to where they think taxpayer dollars should be spent, the role of government and health care.

Republican political strategist Jeanette Hoffman chimed in on the debate. “I don’t think there’s much in common that Cory Booker and Steve Lonegan have, except maybe that they were both wearing a red tie. Steve is coming in as the underdog. Everybody in New Jersey knows who Cory Booker is through “Meet the Press” and all of his exploits. I think Steve came forward and he was really strong. He’s very aggressive in going after Cory’s record and his voracity. I think he actually put Cory Booker on the defensive.” She said.

“What New Jersey needs sir is a leader not a tweeter. We need somebody who’s going to be there to govern.” Lonegan said.

In terms of debates, do they really matter to an election? Hoffman believes they do. “I think maybe people weren’t watching the debate but they’re gonna hear about it and they’re gonna read about it afterwards.” She said.

In the end, Hoffman believes Lonegan won this debate, but Booker’s camp may feel he’s ready for that Senate seat.

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