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Booker, Lonegan to spar in US Senate debate



TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — There won’t be much common ground when Democrat Cory Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan meet in their first debate in New Jersey’s U.S. Senate campaign.

Lonegan believes in limited government, opposes the nation’s new health insurance and applauds shutting down the government over the health care law.

Booker circulated a petition urging Congress to end the shutdown and believes the new health care law will give those who can’t otherwise afford it access to insurance.

Recent polls have shown Lonegan has gained ground on Booker, who is better-known and better-funded and continues to enjoy a comfortable lead in the Oct. 16 election.

The pair will tape the debate on Friday and it will be broadcast by ABC TV stations in New York and Philadelphia on Sunday morning.