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NJ Senate: Lonegan rallies with Palin and Levin, Booker slammed as “absentee mayor”

posted at 11:19 am on October 15, 2013 by

A conservative group has released its closing argument against New Jersey Senate candidate Cory Booker, and it’s a doozy:

It would seem that Mr. Booker is a skilled but unaccomplished political climber —  a celebrified, all-talk, non-detail-oriented, exceptionally ambitious politician.  He also has a penchant for fabricating composite characters and dramatic fables to boost his cred and “relatability.”  Sound familiar?  Booker is opposed in this race by Steve Lonegan, an hard-charging, unapologetic, legally-blind conservative who is counting on the base to show up in force in what is likely to be a low turnout election.  His campaign has blasted out emails to supporters informing them that based on their strategists’ turnout projections, Lonegan will be in a position to win if just half of the state’s Romney voters show up tomorrow and vote Republican).  Though the former Bogota mayor’s odds are still quite long, polls have tightened down the stretch.  Monmouth University’s final poll of the race shows Booker’s lead dwindling to just 10 percentage points, 52-42.  Lonegan’s strategy has been to goose the conservative base and sully his opponent’s undeserved ‘golden boy’ reputation.  (If you think Booker has earned that aura, talk to the Newark residents featured in the video above).  We’ll see how the plan plays out soon enough.  I’ll leave you with full video last weekend’s major Lonegan rally featuring Mark Levin (36:30) and Sarah Palin(1:15:00):

If you live in Jersey, election day is tomorrow — Wednesday, October 16.  Polls are open from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm ET.

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I can only hope and pray Lonegan wins. Can you imagine the fallout on the Left if their golden boy loses in NJ? That will do more to get Obama to negotiate that any other action.

Tater Salad on October 15, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Lonegan has never entered a race, other than mayor of Bogota, where has lost by less than double digits.

JR on October 15, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Of course, if you’re a resident of Newark and looking for a way to get rid of Booker, voting to send him to the Senate would do just nicely.

Kafir on October 15, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Lonegan has never entered a race, other than mayor of Bogota, where has lost by less than double digits.

JR on October 15, 2013 at 12:20 PM

I have no idea what you’re saying.

dentarthurdent on October 15, 2013 at 12:45 PM

It would seem that Mr. Booker is a skilled but unaccomplished political climber — a celebrified, all-talk, non-detail-oriented, exceptionally ambitious politician.

It appears to be working for Terry McAullife in Virginia.

PappyD61 on October 15, 2013 at 1:42 PM

……….and after all THIS IS JERSEY!!!!!

Lonegan could be running against Satan and the result would be another Devil in the Senate.

If Lonegan gets ONE MORE VOTE THAN ROMNEY then it was a CONSERVATIVE that got them closer to winning.

PappyD61 on October 15, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Lonegan has never entered a race, other than mayor of Bogota, where has lost by less than double digits.

JR on October 15, 2013 at 12:20 PM

He won re-election to Mayor twice by huge margins.

rrpjr on October 15, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Lonegan has never entered a race, other than mayor of Bogota, where has lost by less than double digits.

JR on October 15, 2013 at 12:20 PM

He won re-election to Mayor twice by huge margins.

rrpjr on October 15, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Um, I know. That’s why I said “other than mayor of Bogota.”

JR on October 15, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Lonegan has never entered a race, other than mayor of Bogota, where has lost by less than double digits.

JR on October 15, 2013 at 12:20 PM

I have no idea what you’re saying.

dentarthurdent on October 15, 2013 at 12:45 PM

what I am saying is that other than his mayoral campaigns in Bogota, NJ, Lonegan has lost every race he has been in by at least double digits. He is a known candidate in NJ and has proven to be a known loser.

JR on October 15, 2013 at 2:25 PM

JR on October 15, 2013 at 2:25 PM

So you have meticulously sought to return again and again to make a point which serves no purpose — other than perhaps as an attempt to discourage voters from bothering to vote tomorrow.

Well, thanks, but no thanks!

If Steve has a good ground tomorrow, and he manages thereby to get Republican voters out in force, he could indeed win the race. Booker’s support, even in Newark, is soft, and the election is being held on a Wednesday.

Republican party leaders should be touting it as a dress rehearsal for the Governor’s race to be held in a few weeks. It would benefit both.

Trochilus on October 15, 2013 at 3:42 PM

He is a known candidate in NJ and has proven to be a known loser.

JR on October 15, 2013 at 2:25 PM

No, he won election to Mayor three times by substantial margins. So technically he’s a “known” winner. As I understand it, he ran once for congress and lost to the incumbent, and ran in two other Republican primaries for governor and lost. He’s 3 for 6. So take a hike, troll.

rrpjr on October 15, 2013 at 3:59 PM

That’s why I said “other than mayor of Bogota.”

JR on October 15, 2013 at 2:23 PM

So, “other than” his three substantial victories, he’s a known loser? Have I got that right?

rrpjr on October 15, 2013 at 4:01 PM

One of the moderates was busy yapping the other day about how no one is being helpful to Lonegan. Look who is helping. Probably still won’t meet with your approval.

Bmore on October 15, 2013 at 4:20 PM

what I am saying is that other than his mayoral campaigns in Bogota, NJ, Lonegan has lost every race he has been in by at least double digits. He is a known candidate in NJ and has proven to be a known loser.

JR on October 15, 2013 at 2:25 PM

OK – that’s better.
I just wasn’t able to get that from your first comment.

In that case, I have to ask (rhetorically) -
Why does the GOP keep picking losers for so many races?

The Colorado GOP did the same thing in the last Governor race – and as a result gave us the Bloomy-puppet Chickenpooper.

dentarthurdent on October 15, 2013 at 4:38 PM

No, he won election to Mayor three times by substantial margins. So technically he’s a “known” winner. As I understand it, he ran once for congress and lost to the incumbent, and ran in two other Republican primaries for governor and lost. He’s 3 for 6. So take a hike, troll.

rrpjr on October 15, 2013 at 3:59 PM

OK – so despite what I just said above, he has actually won some races – Mayor anyway.
But it appears from what you all are saying that he has not been able to win anything above town/city level, right?
And yet he’s trying to jump straight to Senator?

dentarthurdent on October 15, 2013 at 4:41 PM

And yet he’s trying to jump straight to Senator?

dentarthurdent on October 15, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Who cares? He proved he could run something. That’s more than Cory Booker can say. Or Barack Obama.

Also, check out his long record of fighting for conservative and citizen-right causes ourside electoral politics.

rrpjr on October 15, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Who cares? He proved he could run something. That’s more than Cory Booker can say. Or Barack Obama.

Also, check out his long record of fighting for conservative and citizen-right causes ourside electoral politics.

rrpjr on October 15, 2013 at 4:51 PM

OK. I’m not against the guy. I guess I’m just saying the GOP seems to have a history of “playing down to the opposition”.
The Dem side clearly seems to like people who have never done anything useful in their career – 0barky, Booker, and many more.

It just seems to me that when they put up someone who has never done anything, like Booker, the GOP should be able to get a clear win with someone who has a better record.
With an opponent like Booker, instead of going with a Mayor who has lost his other state level election attempts, how about a successful and well known State level Senator or Deputy Governor or….? It would be a slam-dunk instead of what’s happening in this case.

The Colorado GOP has done the same thing in several races over the last few years – and lost all of them.

dentarthurdent on October 15, 2013 at 5:06 PM

dentarthurdent on October 15, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Yes, in an ideal world. But I guess no one showed up for this or no one was able to deliver the goods like Lonergan. I don’t know. But he’s held his own against the democrat’s golden boy and hasn’t run from or apologized for his conservatism. Who among the “bigger names” would have done that? A “clear win” against Booker was never going to be easy. Now he’s running neck and neck and turnout is everything. We need to be inspiring our voters not asserting that Lonergan is a hopeless “loser” (which he is demonstrably not).

rrpjr on October 15, 2013 at 5:16 PM

OK. I’m not against the guy. I guess I’m just saying the GOP seems to have a history of “playing down to the opposition”.

It could be that nobody thought Booker was beatable in the early days, and so other candidates declined to make the effort, especially considering the high likelihood that even a slightly competitive race would be nationalized and the entire Dem apparatus would be digging up muck on the GOP candidate. Lonegan got in when nobody else wanted to.

Maybe Booker isn’t beatable. But he’s also no longer the golden candidate he appeared to be. I think Lonegan’s done a pretty good job of closing the gap even if he can’t get it done in the end.

Missy on October 15, 2013 at 5:23 PM

I think Lonegan’s done a pretty good job of closing the gap even if he can’t get it done in the end.

And needless to say I pray he can pull it off. Off-year election on a Wednesday, low turnout favors GOP candidate, late-breaking stories against Booker, etc. Just heard that the Lonegan GOTV operation is activating tons of volunteers for the push tonight and tomorrow. Let’s hope.

Missy on October 15, 2013 at 5:29 PM

And needless to say I pray he can pull it off.
Missy on October 15, 2013 at 5:29 PM

I think he can. Conservative base is hugely energized and Booker is unraveling.

rrpjr on October 15, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Here in NJ, the convention wisdom is that Booker is a shoe-in. It’s hard to beat a charismatic black Democrat in a heavily Democratic state.

I doubt most voters are even aware of the controversies over Booker’s place of residence and his imaginary drug-dealer friend.

New Jerseyans will pull the lever for Booker automatically, just as they kept pulling the lever for Lautenberg even when he was 100 years old and barely alive. Hell, the Dems could run Lautenberg’s cadaver and it would win by ten points.

sauropod on October 15, 2013 at 7:17 PM

I see ANOTHER LEFT WING city falling.. well as soon as people wake up and start looking after themselves this is going to continue.

mmcnamer1 on October 15, 2013 at 7:35 PM

……….and after all THIS IS JERSEY!!!!!

Lonegan could be running against Satan and the result would be another Devil in the Senate.

If Lonegan gets ONE MORE VOTE THAN ROMNEY then it was a CONSERVATIVE that got them closer to winning.

PappyD61 on October 15, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Yeah, I’m sure the fact it’s a special election, which most of NJ doesn’t care about, has nothing to do with it.

Also, what about when Christie beats Buono…with possibly a bigger margin than Booker beats Lonegan by?

Christie is closer to Romney, in terms of ideology, than Lonegan, no?

Obama beat Romney in NJ by 17 points. So if Booker beats Lonegan by greater than that, are you admitting that CONSERVATIVE got them farther away from winning?

GOPRanknFile on October 15, 2013 at 11:01 PM

The northeast is rotting on the vine. They all want to be California… without the good weather.

Christie is just a slightly slower train driver, but he’s still moving them closer to the cliff. Those states are living off the remnants of formerly good governments from many decades ago… now they’re just slowly pissing it all away.

It’s a combination of large influxes of Catholic immigrants and the radicalization and subjugation of the black community to reliance on the state; two reliably Leftist constituencies.

mankai on October 16, 2013 at 10:25 AM

So if Booker beats Lonegan by greater than that, are you admitting that CONSERVATIVE got them farther away from winning?

GOPRanknFile on October 15, 2013 at 11:01 PM

No, I’ll admit the fu*king GOPe abandoned him.

http://pjmedia.com/andrewmccarthy/2013/10/16/in-new-jersey-senate-race-lonegan-fights-the-odds-without-help-from-the-gop/

Will you?

rrpjr on October 16, 2013 at 5:00 PM

No, I’ll admit the fu*king GOPe abandoned him.

http://pjmedia.com/andrewmccarthy/2013/10/16/in-new-jersey-senate-race-lonegan-fights-the-odds-without-help-from-the-gop/

Will you?

rrpjr on October 16, 2013 at 5:00 PM

The debate wasn’t based on whether the GOP abandoned him or not. PappyD made an argument claiming that if Lonegan receives even one more vote than Romney, then conservative got them closer to winning. I just issued the counterargument. That’s all.

GOPRanknFile on October 16, 2013 at 8:42 PM