NJ Politics: Two Days to the Special Election

Monday, October 14, 2013

New Jersey’s special election for U.S. Senate is Wednesday. New Jersey Public Radio’s Nancy Solomon has the latest on Republican Steve Lonegan and Democrat Cory Booker in the waning days of their campaigns.


Nancy Solomon

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Lonegan must be doing much better than is being openly acknowledged for Lehrer to feel he had to do this Democrat infomercial. Other than the one caller from Newark none of Booker's problems with finance, residency or results was discussed.

Oct. 14 2013 05:47 PM
NSNY from Brooklyn

How much of this is just trying to make some controversy in the news? As a former New Jersey resident I was always proud of how my state seemed to vote using common sense no matter what controversy the media tried to stir-up. And often, the state was more progressive and practical than much of the union. Health insurance was a non-issue in NJ with reasonable premiums for individual payers and banning of the "pre-existing conditions" clause. And if I remember correctly, NJ was one of the first states to make civil unions legal.

Lonegan is another dysfunctional government politician. His advertisements are nothing but bashings of Booker and present no real positions or plans of what he would do for the state of NJ. How could anyone possibly know what he stands for other than being the "anti-Booker" candidate?

And he was a Mayor of a small fiefdom in NJ. Anyone who lives in NJ knows that the hundreds of small towns that comprise NJ are full of bloat and a significant cause of budget issues.

Lonegan not only doesn't have real experience, he has the same attitude of the GOP that's currently causing the dysfunction in D.C. I only hope NJ voters have been doing their own homework and really getting to the bottom of who is the best candidate.

Oct. 14 2013 10:54 AM
Jeffrey from Manhattan

-->Joe from nearby. huh? Explain how we are on track to add more debt by the end of Obama's term than all the prior presidents managed combined? Statistics are wonderful thing, but they often hide the truth!

Oct. 14 2013 10:49 AM

Lonegan's vision is TOO FAR OUTSIDE the NJ mainstream. His only basis for broad appeal is "he is not the black one"...Which for most New Jerseyans does not matter.

The TP would love to see Lonegan do well but he is about to be clobbered.

Oct. 14 2013 10:47 AM
Peter Talbot from Harrison NJ

Booker's press has been 90% negative for more than a year. OPED in the Star Ledger (NJ's largest newspaper) and the blogs (NJ.COM) have been very negative. The rest of the state (outside Newark) has no real feeling for Booker, but is already very negative regarding Newark's crime, school problems, tax shortfalls and the racial divide for years. He may have placed himself on the national stage but locally he has no real constituency. Lonagan is a cypher to most of New Jersey, but that's been a plus: he has no baggage to speak of. If Booker can't get a VERY large turnout among voters in Essex and Hudson counties he could very easily lose this race to a man whose policies don't reflect the attitudes of more than 75% of the citizens of the state. The real reason is that the Dem party in NJ is a shambles: corruption, bad tax policy and internal divisiveness combine with the Rep. governor's high approval ratings regarding most issues post-Sandy to make the Dem stalwarts unwilling to campaign heavily. And the Dem machines in North Jersey will likely get more from Lonagan in the Senate than they would from Booker. The hispanic community is a non factor in this race. A very bad recipe for the National Democratic planners, but an almost meaningless contest for most New Jerseyans.

Oct. 14 2013 10:44 AM
Kansas from NYC

As a public school teacher in NYC and former NJ resident and current friend to many folks in NJ, I have alot of feelings about Cory Booker. He seems to genuinely be working hard, buyt it's still not enough in plenty of neighborhoods. My friends's book A Chance to WIn,, as well as the series Brick City, showed Booker making unfulfilled promises, playing midnight basketball, and tragically cutting budgets. So, while I like his talk and presence, his policies and programs aren't reaching enough of his city, how could he reach most of the state?

Oct. 14 2013 10:35 AM
Joyce from Manhattan

Katie - Apple? Really. They had 3 years and 2/3rds of billion dollars to roll out this ACA website. It couldn't handle a load in the millions? Amazon, Google, Apple, never had that much time time and budget like that to roll out a website. Then factor in the power of hardware today to handle these results and it is a joke.

The other problem is the people buying right now are not young healthy people, but people who need health services - this is not sustainable.

Oct. 14 2013 10:33 AM
Bob from Pelham, NY

Brian & Nancy: We always hear that NJ property taxes are so high, but when I compare with friends it seems Westchester and Nassau property taxes are almost twice as much as for similar houses in northern NJ. Could you guys do some fact-checking on this for a future show to get a solid comparison? Thanks

Oct. 14 2013 10:31 AM
David from New York, New York

Good grief Brian! We all know that when you interview Booker it will be a free 30 minute advertisement for his campaign, but some people believe that the federal government is too bloated, too intrusive, and too expensive. Remember the words of Margaret Thatcher: "The problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of spending other people's money." Booker is NOT for New Jersey, BOOKER is for BOOKER. Why don't you get it?

Oct. 14 2013 10:30 AM
Lamont from North Plainfield

I love the liberal confusion over this race - perhaps the public isn't so stupid as to think someone making empty promises (while hiding the ever increasing tax burden of such promises) is not in their interest. The merry-go round of debt is the elephant in the room.

Oct. 14 2013 10:29 AM
Lenore from Manhattan

I am a New Yorker so I can't vote, and I don't like Booker either because I think he is much too conservative for a Democrat.

However, people should suck it up and vote for the guy. Read up on Lonegan. Is THAT who you want in the Senate? Maybe this will put a scare into Booker and make him a better Senator than he would have been otherwise.

But for the Democratic party, Booker is evidently running a horrible campaign. Same thing in Massachusetts which (briefly) gave us Scott Brown. Wake up, Democrats, what is wrong with you??

Oct. 14 2013 10:29 AM
Syd UWS from NYC

I live on the Upper West Side, but after Steve Lonegan's interview on your show last week I started to encourage all of my NJ family to vote for Lonegan. I met Corey Booker when I was in high school and really look up to him but he is a rhetoric kind of guy and Steve Lonegan, from your interview really sounds like a serious candiate. Someone who NJ needs.

Also, Brian, I have to say: it was pretty ridiculous that your LAST question to Lonegan last week was "do you think New Jerseyians agree with your limited view of masculinity?" Come on Brian.

Oct. 14 2013 10:29 AM
Katie from Huntingont

I am really sick of hearing about the Affordable Health Care rollout being a fiasco. Even Apple, when it rolls out a new program, faces glitches. Give it a rest.

Oct. 14 2013 10:29 AM

This is starting to smell like the election in MA that brought Scott Brown into the Senate...the Democratic candidate in that race wasn't very enthusiastic about campaigning...

Oct. 14 2013 10:28 AM
Tim from Upper Saddle River

If people are turned off by Booker’s national ambitions, why is the Governor so popular?

Oct. 14 2013 10:28 AM
Elliot Sperber

While Lonegan seems "out of step", Booker seems like an unambiguous Wall Street toady - maybe this is why Booker's doing less well than anticipated. It has less to do with Lonegan's merits than Booker's demerits.

Oct. 14 2013 10:27 AM

A candidate who has a vision for how to serve their constituency is always a better choice, even if you do not agree with the vision, than a candidate who only has a vision for how to boost their own celebrity.

Oct. 14 2013 10:26 AM
Joe from nearby

This debunks Lonegan's lie about a so called "explosion" in govt spending:

"Who Is The Smallest Government Spender Since Eisenhower? Would You Believe It's Barack Obama?"

Oct. 14 2013 10:24 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Another difference is that Booker is very pro-abortion.

Oct. 14 2013 10:21 AM

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