Senate Candidates Engage In Name Calling

STATE — With less than two months to the special election to fill the remainder of the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s term, both candidates are engaged in a war of name calling.

Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Cory Booker called his GOP opponent, Steve Lonegan, an extremist but the Republican fired back that Gov. Chris Christie endorsed him, “and he didn’t pull any punches when he did it.”

Lonegan described Booker’s leadership in Newark as “a record of miserable failure,” citing 15% unemployment in Newark and crushing tax burdens on local business while big corporate names enjoy tax abatements.

“Cory Booker has never created a job in his life,” said Lonegan. “He worships big government. Fifteen percent unemployment isn’t pragmatic. It’s called failure.”

Booker claimed he has close ties to GOP Gov. Chris Christie, but Lonegan said Booker’s mention of Christie “shows he’s desperate.”

“Chris Christie didn’t endorse Cory Booker, he endorsed Steve Lonegan, and he didn’t pull any punches when he did it,” Lonegan said.

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