Video: Christie, Buono “throw stones” at debate

posted at 8:41 am on October 16, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Today’s the special election to fill the rest of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s term of office, with Republican Steve Lonegan playing David to Cory Booker’s Goliath.  Originally, this was going to be a runaway win for Booker, but a lackluster campaign and a series of questions about his lackluster performance as Mayor of Newark — and even whether he lives there — dented his momentum.  He’s still expected to win, but Lonegan might still make him sweat:

After an abbreviated but heated two-month campaign, polls are now open and voters can cast their ballots in the special U.S. Senate election between Democrat Cory Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan today.

The two men are running to fill the final 15 months of the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s (D-N.J.) term in a New Jersey election that has no precedent, on a Wednesday in the middle of October.

Booker plans to vote early — at 6:30 a.m. in Newark.

Lonegan isn’t far behind. He’ll be casting his vote at his Bogota polling place at 7:00a.m.

Voters have until 8:00p.m. to get to their polling places , which are open to all of the state’s 5.5 million registered voters, though only a fraction are expected to show up.

I suspect that we’ll get an early call on this election, but not as early as people expected a month or so ago.  Special elections are notoriously unpredictable, and rely on turnout to a greater degree than regularly scheduled elections.  Wednesday elections may be even more unpredictable, so don’t be surprised by a few surprises today.

Speaking of surprises, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono tried to bring a few to last night’s debate with Chris Christie. She accused the incumbent Republican of acting like a bully and a political boss by, er, garnering more Democratic endorsements than she’s gotten. Christie was ready and threw a pretty telling counter-punch:

But the heat really turned up during their televised debate at Montclair State University when the two clashed over Republican Christie’s many deals with the Democrats.

Christie defended the alliances he made with Democrats. Buono called him the master of backroom deals made with “party bosses.”

Buono referred to Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, a Democrat who endorsed Christie and is accused of misusing campaign funds, but never used his name.

“You’re not interested in cleaning up that boardwalk empire of back room political bosses,” Buono said.

“Joe DiVincenzo is sitting in the front row and I’m proud to have his endorsement and you wish you did,” Christie said. “You want to start throwing stones tonight you better get out of your glass house.”

Buono tried smiling through that counter-punch, but it stung.  It was a weird attack anyway.  Was Buono trying to argue that she wouldn’t work with Republicans if given the chance? New Jersey might be blue, but it’s not that blue.  Besides, if you’ve given a speech on the state Senate floor praising the honesty and integrity of a man who ended up in prison for corruption, the clean-government platform really isn’t going to be very effective.  Not that it will make much difference anyway, as Buono’s got zero chance of getting within 25 points of Christie in three weeks, let alone becoming governor.


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smoothsailing on October 16, 2013 at 8:47 AM

I can’t wait to see how this democratic primary turns out!

iwasbornwithit on October 16, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Ed Morrissey seems to be a big Christie fan.

bluegill on October 16, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Chrisite vs. Buono.

Can they both lose?

Bitter Clinger on October 16, 2013 at 8:49 AM

After Booker wins he can get together with Fauxcahontas and share tails of high cheek boned natives dieing in his arms because they weren’t being paid a minimum wage of $22 an hour.

NotCoach on October 16, 2013 at 8:49 AM

She accused the incumbent Republican of acting like a bully and a political boss

And her problem with that is simple. He’s a REPUBLICAN bully and political boss. She might as well have stood there and said something along the lines of “I’m the Democrat dammnit!”

Happy Nomad on October 16, 2013 at 8:51 AM

You know what would’ve been great?

If Christie had just replaced the Senator with an actual Republican.

Skywise on October 16, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Ed Morrissey seems to be a big Christie fan.

bluegill on October 16, 2013 at 8:49 AM

He’s good in New Jersey and he can stay there. I’m sure he’s a better governor than Buono would be.

philoquin on October 16, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Christie rarely directs his heavy fire at Obama.

bluegill on October 16, 2013 at 8:54 AM

You know what would’ve been great?

If Christie had just replaced the Senator with an actual Republican.

Skywise on October 16, 2013 at 8:52 AM

The Fat Man is suffering from McInsane syndrome. The number one symptom is a belief the media will treat one fairly because one stabs his own party in the back.

NotCoach on October 16, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Buono for Governor!!

PappyD61 on October 16, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Christie rarely directs his heavy fire at Obama.

bluegill on October 16, 2013 at 8:54 AM

That’s because he’ll be looking for a return endorsement from Obama when he runs for President as a Demonrat in 2016.

Despite all the Christie love by HA, he is unelectable as a Republican outside the Northeast.

Happy Nomad on October 16, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Booker plans to vote early — at 6:30 a.m. in Newark.

And later – at 6:30 pm in Bayonne.

-Your name sir?

“Uhhh…Bory Cooker.”

-Very good, here’s your ballot.

Bishop on October 16, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Ed Morrissey seems to be a big Christie fan.

bluegill on October 16, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Is there a small Christie?

Shy Guy on October 16, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Bishop on October 16, 2013 at 9:02 AM

And at lunch in Wildwood.

My name? Coby Looker.

smoothsailing on October 16, 2013 at 9:12 AM

What was the heckler saying at the Christie-Buono debate?

Stoic Patriot on October 16, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Buono is thinking “How the hell am I losing
to this guy!!??”

He’s pretty much a mirror image of me on the issues,
he’s fat, I’m attractive…..sigh….

WAR ON WOMEN!!!!!!

ToddPA on October 16, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Er, isn’t there a regularly scheduled election, with associated costs, scheduled for 3 weeks from now? Why go to the expense of a special one? It is waste like this that ticks people off.

ExPat on October 16, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Buono for Governor!!

PappyD61 on October 16, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Stil haven’t found the key to your meds cabinet?

jimver on October 16, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Er, isn’t there a regularly scheduled election, with associated costs, scheduled for 3 weeks from now? Why go to the expense of a special one? It is waste like this that ticks people off.
ExPat on October 16, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Because the esteemed Republican (so called) Governor, who claimed its only fair that people in a blue state get to vote on the senate replacement, didn’t want it on the same day as his election because it would up the Democrat turn out.

Skywise on October 16, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Thanks @Skywise. Kinda sorry I asked now.

ExPat on October 16, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Ed Morrissey seems to be a big Christie fan.

bluegill on October 16, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Indeed, Ed should apologize for not having asked for your permission first…

jimver on October 16, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Ed Morrissey seems to be a big Christie fan.

bluegill on October 16, 2013 at 8:49 AM

He’s good in New Jersey and he can stay there. I’m sure he’s a better governor than Buono would be.

philoquin on October 16, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Copy that. I like him as a buffoonish populist GOP Governor of a Dem state. But he needs to stay out of the presidential primary; we will roast him like the pig he is.

Jaibones on October 16, 2013 at 10:23 AM

By the way, Buono is a nice looking lady.

Jaibones on October 16, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Despite all the Christie love by HA, he is unelectable as a Republican outside the Northeast.

Happy Nomad on October 16, 2013 at 9:00 AM

As was Romney…

Ace ODale on October 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM

While isn’t there a joint headline pushing people to the polls for Lonegan today?

njrob on October 16, 2013 at 1:20 PM

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Right Mover on October 16, 2013 at 1:25 PM

The most entertaining part about this video was drunken bum screaming in the background. I have no idea what they were screaming about but them seem animated…so NJ…

William Eaton on October 16, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Hey HA – check the comment count – no one gives a shit about this race, or about Christie.

I know you guys are gearing up to help foist this squish on the rest of us for 2016 – how about you give us a year or so off, eh?

Midas on October 16, 2013 at 4:21 PM

She accused the incumbent Republican of acting like a bully and a political boss by, er, garnering more Democratic endorsements than she’s gotten.

In a way she is right, he has been a political boss and a bully to the conservatives who got him elected in the first place. The fact that he has gotten more Democrat endorsements than the Dem on the ballot should be all conservatives need to know about Christie.

Dollayo on October 16, 2013 at 5:36 PM