Lonegan Challenges Booker On Syria Issue

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U.S. Senate Candidate Steve Lonegan at an Americans For Prosperity Event in 2011 (Photo credit: Nick Step)

U.S. Senate Candidate Steve Lonegan at an Americans For Prosperity Event in 2011 (Photo credit: Nick Step)

PATERSON – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan accused Democrat Cory Booker of being “afraid to admit he supports President Obama’s proposal for military action in Syria.”

While Lonegan has clearly and consistently stated that he is opposed to U.S. military intervention, Booker’s views seem less clear. In a July meeting with the editorial board of Gannett New Jersey newspapers, the Newark mayor expressed a weariness with war but said,  “If our allies in [the Middle East] and if our enemies in that area don’t understand that we are willing to use force if necessary, it makes negotiations and sanctions, the other things I think we should use and exhaust ever before using force, but it makes those things lose their teeth.”

More recently, Booker praised Obama’s decision to present his case to Congress and said, “I expect that the president will clearly delineate what the strategic objectives are, and what limited military action will specifically achieve in Syria.”

“The American people have figured out very quickly that President Obama has not made the case that American interests are at stake in Syria,” Lonegan said. “Americans are sick of being the world’s policeman and sick of getting involved in domestic civil wars where there is no evidence that America’s national security is threatened.”

“Cory Booker is afraid to admit he supports the President’s proposed war in Syria,” Lonegan said, “so instead he attempts to hide behind the smokescreen of not having enough information. But people are onto the Mayor’s act now, and his refusal to speak out against the President’s war can only be interpreted as assent.”

“Once again, Cory Booker is trying to talk out of three sides of his mouth on this issue in an attempt to hide the reality that he does whatever he is told to do by President Obama,” Lonegan added. “New Jersey needs a fighter for the people, not an Obama Rubber Stamp, representing us in the U.S. Senate.”

Lonegan’s comments came to members of the media in Paterson where Lonegan was marching in the 24th Annual New Jersey State Dominican Parade on Sunday.

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