In NJ Senate Race, Incumbent Faces Ex-Congressman

Thursday, October 30, 2008

In perhaps the least-noticed Senate race in the country, New Jersey Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg is facing a challenge from former GOP Congressman Dick Zimmer. The two faced off last night in the first of two debates. WNYC's Isaac-Davy Aronson has more.

REPORTER: Lautenberg leads in all the polls, and the race mirrors the national political landscape: a Republican facing an uphill battle in a climate inhospitable to his party. So it was no surprise at last night's debate that when Lautenberg tried to paint Zimmer as a Bush administration clone, the former Congressman sought to play up his independent streak.

ZIMMER: When I was in Congress, and in the Legislature, I did not hesitate to vote against my own party when I thought it was being fiscally irresponsible.

REPORTER: Picking up the "change" theme of the current election, Zimmer called Lautenberg part of a corrupt system beholden to lobbyists. Lautenberg shot back.

LAUTENBERG: No one knows better than Dick Zimmer, who has been a lobbyist until he left that job to run for Senate.

REPORTER: The debate aired only on New Jersey radio station 101.5 FM, though Zimmer said he had asked Lautenberg to debate on New York or Philadelphia TV. For WNYC, I'm Isaac-Davy Aronson.


More in:

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.


Latest Newscast




WNYC is supported by the Charles H. Revson Foundation: Because a great city needs an informed and engaged public


Supported by