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NJ Senate: Lonegan cuts Booker’s lead in half

posted at 2:26 pm on September 24, 2013 by

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.

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WEll Booker has the typical liberal mind set. He knows best and does not need to answer to the surfs that are his constituents. How dare you question that!

watertown on September 24, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Interesting. I thought Booker was a stronger candidate than this.

Doomberg on September 24, 2013 at 3:42 PM

So the lead is now “half-vast”? That is actually a better description of the campaign that Booker is running (I would say here in NJ except that he seems to be running away from NJ most of the time).

Upstreamer on September 24, 2013 at 4:21 PM

I know it’s a pipe dream, but it would be awesome if Lonegan could knock Booker off. Best way to keep the MSM from foisting Barack Obama II on us in 2016 would be to keep him out of the Senate in 2014.

djm1992 on September 24, 2013 at 4:39 PM

It’d be nice if Crispy Cream would start making some cracks about Booker’s imaginary friends. That would devastate Booker. Where’s the party loyalty Christie?

Iblis on September 24, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Cory Booker is too busy schmoozing his friends in Hollywood while neglecting his awful city of Newark. His eye is on the presidency, Lonegan is focused on whats best for NJ.

ctmom on September 24, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Pray for torrential downpours on the 16th.

red131 on September 24, 2013 at 6:01 PM


chris999 on September 24, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Logan has some devastating radio commercials. He’s accusing Booker of everything from incompetence, to indifference, to crony capitalism. All in 60 seconds. According to Logan, Booker wasted the $ 100 million Zuckerberg gave him for education on study groups and consultants. And all this while Newark remains a cesspool, which Booker prefers to ignore in his travels around the country. You couldn’t ask for a better attack ad. No wonder Logan has cut the lead in half.

Fred 2 on September 24, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Where did we get this idea of letting women vote?

JEM on September 25, 2013 at 12:30 AM

He’s got my vote and my “get out the vote” efforts.

njrob on September 25, 2013 at 11:51 AM