Where Cory Booker and Steve Lonegan stand on the issues

By Matt Friedman/The Star-Ledger
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on October 13, 2013

 

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From gay marriage to their mayoral records, Cory Booker and Steve Lonegan are at odd on almost every political issue. (Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-Ledger)

 

Democrat Cory Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan are about as far apart ideologically as you can get. Here’s where they stand on the major issues, drawn from their own words.

The economy

Booker: Supports raising the minimum wage to $10.10 and investing in more programs to combat child poverty, including government payments to low-income children for a college fund. Wants to implement more regulation on Wall Street to prevent another financial meltdown and invest more in research and development.

Lonegan: Believes regulations are suffocating businesses and the entrepreneurial spirit, keeping the economy in the doldrums. Wants to sunset all federal regulations after 10 years and then re-examine them to see if they’re still necessary. Opposes raising the minimum wage, and has called for eliminating it altogether and allowing market forces to decide.

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N.J. Supreme Court agrees to hear Christie's gay marriage appeal

By Salvador Rizzo/The Star-Ledger
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on October 11, 2013

 

Standing in front a dozen television cameras and a bank of microphones, Cindy Meneghin (center) asks her longtime partner Maureen Kilian (right) to marry her during a news conference outside the headquarters of Garden State Equality in Montclair hours after a state judge ruled to legalize same-sex marriage in New Jersey. Meneghin said the two women from Butler were high school sweethearts and have been together for 39 years. 9/27/2013 (Andrew Mills/The Star-Ledger)

 

TRENTON — The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal in New Jersey’s ongoing same-sex marriage case and indicated today that it would not decide the case until next year.

A state trial judge, Mary Jacobson, ruled Sept. 27 that same-sex couples were being denied equal rights in New Jersey in the wake of a landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in June and ordered the state to allow same-sex marriages starting Oct. 21.

The state's highest court also agreed to hear an emergent appeal to decide whether same-sex marriages may proceed on Oct. 21 as Jacobson ordered, or if they will be put on hold until the entire case is decided next year.

 

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Judge Says New Jersey Can Begin Allowing Same-Sex Marriages in Two Weeks

The New York Times

A judge on Thursday cleared the way for same-sex marriages to start in New Jersey in two weeks, dismissing the state’s request to prevent the weddings until after an appeal of the court decision allowing them is completed.

“There is no ‘public interest’ in depriving a class of New Jersey residents their constitutional rights while appellate review is pursued,” wrote Judge Mary C. Jacobson of State Superior Court in Mercer County, who also wrote the decision last month that ordered the state to allow same-sex marriages. “On the contrary, granting a stay would simply allow the State to continue to violate the equal protection rights of New Jersey same-sex couples, which can hardly be considered a public interest.”

The state immediately requested that the appellate division grant a stay. It had already asked the New Jersey Supreme Court to hear the appeal on an expedited basis; the court has not said yet whether it will do so.

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Newark mayor's race: Ras Baraka rolls out his public safety plan

By James Queally/The Star-Ledger
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on October 10, 2013

Newark City Councilman and 2014 mayoral hopeful Ras Baraka, seen here in a file photo, listed more community initiatives and gang intervention as key components of his public safety plan.

 

NEWARK — Speaking to a packed room of more than 100 supporters inside a city library, Newark Councilman and 2014 mayoral hopeful Ras Baraka unveiled his public safety agenda today, a plan heavy on social improvements and gang intervention.

Flanked by former Gov. Richard Codey and Councilwoman Mildred Crump, Baraka said he will establish a gang interdiction program known as "Project Chill" and call for police to concentrate their efforts in the high-crime South and West wards, something he said has been lacking in recent months.

"I asked the police director ... (with) all the resources you have, why are they not here?" Baraka asked to cheers from the crowd.

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NY Times, again, endorses Booker for Senate

By Matthew Arco | October 10th, 2013

After receiving the newspaper’s endorsement during the Democratic primary, Newark Mayor Cory Booker has again been endorsed by The New York Times.

The NY Times’ editorial board issued its endorsement for Booker as he and former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan enter the final stretch of New Jersey’s special Senate election. The newspaper endorsed Booker when he ran against three other Democrats over the summer to fill the seat vacated by the death of former Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

The newspaper cited Booker’s ability to bring national attention to Newark that brought jobs and money to the city, in addition to his ability to cross aisles and work with Republican officials such as Gov. Chris Christie as reasons for the endorsement.

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Sarah Palin To Campaign For Steve Lonegan In New Jersey Senate Race

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Sarah Palin will go to New Jersey Saturday to headline an event for Republican Senate candidate Steve Lonegan, days before the state's Oct 16. special election.

Lonegan's campaign and the Tea Party Express announced Wednesday night that Palin, the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee, will appear at a rally at the New Egypt Speedway in South Jersey Saturday afternoon. The announcement comes a week after Palin announced her endorsement for Lonegan, a tea party favorite, in his race against Democrat Cory Booker.

Lonegan used the announcement to criticize Palin's former opponent, Vice President Joe Biden, for pulling out of a Friday rally for Booker to deal with the ongoing federal government shutdown.

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Booker, Lonegan amp up attacks in second U.S. Senate debate

By Brent Johnson/The Star-Ledger
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on October 09, 2013

U.S. Senate candidates Cory Booker (left) and Steve Lonegan spar in their second televised debate. Moderator Jim Rosenfield of NBC 10 is in the middle at Pfleeger Concert Hall at Rowan University in Glassboro. (Michael Bryant/Pool Photo/Philadelphia Inquirer)

 

TRENTON — Somehow, the U.S. Senate race between Democrat Cory Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan managed to get even more heated tonight.

In their second and final debate, Booker and Lonegan went after each other on everything from hot-button social topics like gay marriage and abortion to their stance on the debt ceiling and gun control. And they took some nasty shots at each other's records.

Booker, the Newark mayor leading by about a dozen percentage points in recent polls, continued to paint Lonegan as a member of the "tea party extremist" wing of the Republican party, blaming them for the current shutdown of the federal government.

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Booker, Lonegan trade insults as they head into debate

By Ryan Hutchins/The Star-Ledger
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on October 09, 2013

Republican activist Stephen Lonegan and Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker will face off in a statewide televised debates tonight. They are both running in a U.S. Senate special election on Oct. 16. (Star-Ledger file photos)

 

Democrat Cory Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan traded insults Tuesday in the race for U.S. Senate, both accusing each other of failing the communities they have led.

Booker called his opponent a "hypocrite" for requesting $500,000 — and ultimately receiving $350,000 — in state aid when he was the mayor of Bogota. Lonegan has preached against bailouts and said New Jersey should not have received disaster aid after Hurricane Sandy last year.

"He took a city with a balanced budget and drove it into a ditch," Booker said of Lonegan at a news conference in Cliffside Park, responding to a report in Tuesday’s Star-Ledger. "He ran up a budget deficit to the point he needed a bailout — the very same kind of bailout he’s criticizing other people for taking right now."

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In New Jersey Debate, a State Senator Tries to Deflate a Confident Christie

The New York Times

Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, and his Democratic challenger, State Senator Barbara Buono, on Tuesday at William Paterson University. Mr. Christie has a formidable lead in polls.

 

With less than a month before Election Day, it was a rare sign that, in fact, there is a race for governor in New Jersey this year.

At the candidates’ first debate on Monday night, Gov. Chris Christie just had to hold the line on poll numbers that show him walking away with a margin of victory big enough to make him a formidable contender for the Republican nomination for president.

His Democratic challenger, State Senator Barbara Buono, was looking to make an impression, something she has struggled to do since entering the race with little name recognition and little money to increase it.

Ms. Buono did strike a few hits in the debate at William Paterson University.

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If she runs for speaker again, Oliver says she wouldn't want or need GOP support

By Max Pizarro | October 8th, 2013

 

NEWARK – When they start naming things after you in this paranoid world of politics, not even very cynical people draw funereal conclusions about the careers of those esteemed honorees getting name-plated, bronzed or embossed.

Not so in this case, said Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, who insisted the new conference room on the 14th floor of the Leroy Smith building downtown doesn’t mean the end of the leadership role of Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34) of East Orange.

“It’s just the beginning of her career,” said the powerful albeit dinged and somewhat embattled county executive, who took another anvil-sized headline on the back this week when the Star-Ledger focused in on the possible improper distribution of federal funds by the county.

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