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Texas governor campaigns for NJ Senate candidate

Local News | Oct 02, 2013

Texas governor campaigns for NJ Senate candidate

BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Republican candidate Steve Lonegan says the Oct. 16 special Senate election will be a referendum on health care.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry joined Lonegan on the campaign trail Tuesday, the day after the federal government partially shut down over a partisan fight over funding for a new health care law.

Lonegan applauded House Republicans for “holding the line” in Washington. But his opponent, Democrat Cory Booker, circulated a petition Tuesday urging Congress to end the shutdown by funding Obamacare.

Booker says the health care overhaul expands health insurance access to millions of Americans. Lonegan says the law is a government intrusion.

Perry also planned to participate in a Lonegan rally in Hasbrouck Heights.

Lonegan is running against Booker to serve the remaining term of the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg.