Sans Booker, Democratic Candidates Participate in First NJ Senate Debate

Sunday, July 28, 2013


U.S. Senate hopefuls Rush Holt , Frank Pallone and Sheila Oliver took turns noting Booker's absence during the first formal debate to fill the late Frank Lautenberg’s Senate seat in New Jersey.

The primary is on August 13, and Holt said voters still don’t know many of Booker’s positions on big banks, warrantless spying on Americans, and single payer healthcare, among others. 

Booker was campaigning in Belleville during the Saturday debate in Trenton, which was broadcast Sunday on WABC-TV.

He has agreed to participate in two debates next month.

You can listen to parts of the closing statements from the Democratic candidates who did participate in the debate here.

Republican candidates Steve Lonegan and Alieta Eck have not yet announced a debate.


Julianne Welby


Comments [2]

Sarah Gonzalez

Grammatim, we did air a bit of each of the three candidates' closing statements during the weekend debate. Here's a link to the online post with that audio.

Jul. 29 2013 04:44 PM

I can't believe that this is the _only thing_ you got out of this morning's senatorial debate. Booker's absence was mentioned _once_, about halfway through, yet all day, the _only_ sound bite you played was comments about his absence.

Do you think that not one of the three candidates said anything worth hearing?

Shame on you, WNYC News.

Jul. 28 2013 07:14 PM

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