GOP Candidates Face Off in New Jersey's Senate Primary

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Candidate Steve Lonegan is leading opponent Alieta Eck in polls. (Jessica Gould for WNYC)

In Tuesday’s primary for the special election to fill the late Senator Frank Lautenberg’s seat, Republican and independent voters in New Jersey can choose between two -- very similar -- candidates.

Both Steve Lonegan and Alieta Eck share views on most issues. And they also share an uphill battle as ultra conservatives in a moderate state that hasn’t elected a Republican in more than 40 years.

"Now you would look at New Jersey and say ‘Gee, plenty of Republicans but you really have a Tea Party candidate?’ Yeah, we do and that person is going to be the face of the Republican party," says Ben Dworkin, director of the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics at Rider University.


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Thomas Paine from NJ

Typical one sided WNYC hit piece on anyone who challenges the status quo. Finally we'll have a clear choice between the group who have put us into to a near hopeless debt and wants to pile on more in the form of failed Newark Mayor Booker and a candidate who wants reign in spending and debt and restore our Constitutional rights namely Mayor Lonegan. Gov. Christie is such a fool for not putting Lonegan in the senate until next year as he could have legally done. Lonegan could have become more well known and better financed. Gov. Christie hurt the GOP by not doing it. The moderate republicans that were interviewed represent the views of the Bush/Rove wing of the GOP and have nearly destroyed the party with their NEOCON WARS, SURVEILLANCE STATE and CRONY CAPITALISM. There is nothing radical about following the Constitution.

Aug. 08 2013 05:37 PM

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