Sarah Gonzalez, Reporter, WNYC/NJPR
Sarah Gonzalez is the northern New Jersey enterprise reporter for WNYC and NJPR.
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.