NJ Senate: Lonegan cuts Booker’s lead in half
posted at 2:26 pm on September 24, 2013 by Guy Benson
He’s still down by double digits, but the vast chasm separating the two candidates doesn’t look quite so vast any more:
Democrat Cory Booker still has a “comfortable lead” over Republican Steve Lonegan among likely voters in the race for U.S. Senate, but a new Quinnipiac University poll shows Lonegan gaining after spending several weeks attacking the front-runner. Booker had 53 percent to Lonegan’s 41 percent, according to the new poll in which Quinnipiac polled 948 likely voters between Sept. 19 and 22. Lonegan had a slight lead of 48 percent to 46 percent among men, but Booker was overwhelmingly ahead, 60 percent to 34 percent, among women…Booker’s campaign has dismissed all the questions [about his record], but the candidate himself has been running a classic front-runner campaign and avoided news conferences. Last week, he spent several days in Washington before heading to California for a fund-raiser.
Cory Booker can’t be bothered with such menial tasks as answering questions, or even campaigning in his state. Perhaps he’s worried that reporters might ask about his serial embellishments of his personal narrative — on which the Democrat has leaned heavily, presumably to distract from his mediocre record as Newark’s mayor. Lonegan has been relentless in his attacks on Booker, but the committed conservative has a pretty compelling story to share with voters, as well:
Will Booker invent a new tale of personal heroism to counter Lonegan’s authentic ‘American dream’ biography? New Jersey’s special election will be held on October 16th.