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Second Senate Debate

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New Jersey’s special senate election is coming up on October 16th and the second debate between Cory Booker and Steve Lonegan took place last night and this time the claws really came out.

This debate is being referred to as a “boxing match” because both candidates really came out hard to basically attack their opponent and push their agendas.

Early in the debate Lonegan asked the moderator if he could have more time to respond to some of Booker’s comments which he was granted and that really seemed to throw any rules out the window.

Booker continues to refer to Lonegan as an “extremist” throughout the debate. “But with the Tea Party extremists in Washington and what my opponent believes is really simple. They want to get rid of regulation, but that’s code words for pulling back government from doing the things that you and I both rely on for our family.” Booker said.

Lonegan also had his fair share of punches. “I think Mayor Booker’s vision of Newark is as real as T-Bone, you know, you may not be able to swim in that river, but it’s probably, I think because of all the bodies floating around from shooting victims in your city.” He said.

Ironically, Bookers camp declared victory over this debate just 15 seconds after it actually ended.

Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gil doesn’t think that this race is really as close as many people think. “This expectation game that was set was unrealistic and the idea that any candidate whether Republican or Democrat would carry this state by 20 plus points is just crazy.” He said.

Gil goes on to defend some of Booker’s responses. “He didn’t say he wanted to cut minimum wage, he said he doesn’t believe in the minimum wage. He didn’t say he was going to cut Sandy, but these are things that Steve Lonegan has said. Lonegan said he didn’t believe the state of New Jersey, now we are all New Jersey residents, should have received Sandy aide and Sandy relief money.” To put into context however, Lonegan actually said that he didn’t believe that the people of New Jersey should receive “too much” aide.

In the end Gil feels that Mayor Booker is exactly where any candidate wants to be a week before residents hit the voting booths.

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