This Week in Politics: Tale of Two States

Saturday, October 19, 2013

With the government shutdown drama playing out in Washington, Republican New York City mayoral candidate Joe Lhota and New Jersey Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan faced off against Democrats with surprising results. 

Lhota had wanted to use his first debate with Democrat Bill de Blasio to talk about the issues, but instead spent most of his time insisting he was different from national Republicans.

Meanwhile, Lonegan lost  his Senate bid against Cory Booker. But the Tea Party activist and former mayor of Bogota, N.J., came within 10 points of Booker, surprising observers who had predicted a landslide.

To hear WNYC Metro Editor Andrea Bernstein talk about the week in politics with WNYC's Anna Sale and NJPR's Nancy Solomon, click the audio player.


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Dav id Bloom from New York Vity

When you are wondering how Lonegan managed to do so well, you miss the key thing that turnout was at 24%. The huge majority didn't vote, as Gov. Christie planned when he set on a Wednesday in October. No special virtue on Lonegan's part, just classic NJ Republican manipulation.

Oct. 19 2013 08:58 AM

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