Booker Goes Negative With Senate Election 2 Days Away [VIDEO]
It's a full day of campaigning as Newark Mayor Cory Booker has gone negative along with Steve Lonegan with the special Senate election just two days away.
On the second day of a four-day campaign bus tour of the state, Booker told the Associated Press that Lonegan has "terrified" Democrats. "The threat of having this guy represent New Jersey, I think, is animating a lot of people, including Republicans who are out there working for us," Booker said.
While not mentioning Lonegan by name, Booker said he is trying to draw a "clear contrast between the tea party candidate for New Jersey and the mainstream guy."
President Obama reinforced his endorsement of Booker with a video calling him "the kind of leader we need in the (U.S.) Senate" and asking voters to "make a plan" to get to the polls.
Lonrgan today campaigns in Westfield and visits with Ocean County Republicans and small business owners. He'll also hold rallies in Medford and Atlantic Highlands and hold a press conference at what he calls Booker's "Cory Booker's purported residence" in Newark.
Booker's campaign bus heads south and hits Trenton, Camden and Atlantic City and will take a jog in Willingboro tonight.
Senator Bob Menendez and Democrat National Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz joined Booker on Sunday. Wasserman Schultz said she was in New Jersey for good reason. "And that is to make sure that the right wing extreme tea party values that have crept into the soul of our nation's capital are squelched, and we can do that by ensuring Cory Booker is America's next United States senator," she said.
"We're going to win on Wednesday"
Lonegan is confident of a win on Wednesday. Speaking at a New Jersey offshoot of the Million Vet March in Washington, D.C. in Holmdel, he told The Associated Press his campaign is "cresting" and he expects to beat Booker. "It's not a longshot. We're going to win on Wednesday," Lonegan said. "We have the political message and the environment is ripe for change."
Lonegan also made an appearance before the Republican Club of Lakewood according to TheLakewoodScoop.com
Lonegan, who previously supported the government shutdown, said the shutdown should end, but only if President Barack Obama "compromises and delays Obamacare." He insisted he is running as a Republican, not a tea party candidate, despite Saturday's Tea Party Express rally at the New Egypt Speedway that attracted 2,000 supporters to hear former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin and talk show host Mark Levin.
"I'm the Republican candidate," he said. "There's no tea party. It doesn't exist. The tea party is just a movement."
Political pundits say the race that was expected to give Booker a big win tightened up in the final weeks. “What we’ve learned in this campaign is that Cory Booker cannot, in fact, walk on water. He should have had an easy win — he had name recognition that no other New Jersey politician had,” Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University poll told MSNBC. “The fact that this is only a 12-13 point race is somewhat of a shock to many.”
Booker's campaign counters that they did not expect the lead to stay that wide. “When we looked at this race early on there was a level of support among Republicans that, in this environment, was not going to be sustainable,” Booker spokesman Kevin Griffis explained to MSNBC.
The polls open at 6 a.m. for the special Senate election and remain open until 8 p.m.
The Associated Press contributed to this report