TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Democrat Cory Booker is portraying his opponent in New Jersey’s U.S. Senate race as a tea party extremist. Republican Steve Lonegan is describing Booker as a failed mayor.
The two had squared off in the first debate of the campaign with just 12 days, now down to 9, to go before the special Senate election. It’s being held at the Trenton studios of Philadelphia TV station WPVI.
Booker is Newark’s two-term mayor. Lonegan is the former state director of a conservative advocacy group, Americans for Prosperity, and former mayor of Bogota.
The two differ sharply on most issues.
Longegan got in the first barb by saying: “We need a leader, not a tweeter.” Booker has more than a million Twitter followers.
The debate would have been seen on ABC TV affiliates Sunday morning.
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