Despite loss, Lonegan weakened Booker; Christie leads by 29 in new poll
posted at 1:02 pm on October 18, 2013 by Guy Benson
The indefatigable Phil Kerpen — who worked tirelessly to help elect Steve Lonegan as New Jersey’s next US Senator — notes that although Lonegan’s hard-charging campaign fell short, it really dinged up Senator-elect Cory Booker’s image:
Booker has long been discussed as a golden-boy/rising star within the Democratic ranks, yet his victory on Wednesday failed to impress. That he failed to trounce an under-funded, highly ideological opponent suggests that Booker may not be all he’s cracked up to be (beyond, of course, the obvious evidence of his fabulist lore). The people of Newark have known about their former mayor’s overrated status for some time. Kerpen also points out that Democrats’ get-out-the-vote fliers failed to even name the party’s candidate in the race:
Lonegan should be commended for running a hard, unapologetic race. Alas, the Democratic machine and blue brand in New Jersey pulled Booker over the finish line, despite abysmally low turnout. Meanwhile in the Garden State, a new Q-poll shows Gov. Chris Christie waltzing to victory over tax-and-spend liberal Barbara Buono. Christie leads by 29 points overall (with Buono only attracting one-third of the vote), own as 20-point lead among women, and enjoys a +32 personal favorability rating.