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Cory Booker, Steve Lonegan Win U.S. Senate Primaries

Candidates will square off on Oct. 16 in a special election.

Cory Booker (left) accepts the Democratic nomination. He will face Republican Steve Lonegan in the Oct. 16 special election.
Cory Booker (left) accepts the Democratic nomination. He will face Republican Steve Lonegan in the Oct. 16 special election.

Pundits have said all along that Newark Mayor Cory Booker would cruise easily to victory in the race for the Democratic nomination for a vacant U.S Senate seat.

He's got national name recognition. He's got plenty of money. His polling numbers are astronomical, they said. 

Turns out that was a safe call, as Booker in preliminary results on Tuesday secured the Democratic nomination to run for the U.S. Senate seat of the late Frank Lautenberg.

Booker accepted the nomination at a post-election party in Newark, having trounced his competition. In the Oct. 16 general election, Booker will face Steve Lonegan, a Tea Party favorite and former mayor of Bogota who landed the Republican nomination in Tuesday's polling.

"I am going to the U.S. Senate the same way I came to Newark," Booker said in a speech to hundreds gathered outside the Prudential Center in Newark. "To be a positive agent for change."

In preliminary tallies for the Democratic nomination, Booker received about 60 percent of the vote, far more than his nearest challenger, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-6), who received about 20 percent. U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) trailed with about 17 percent and state Assembly speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34) had just more than 4 percent.

The tallies do not include mail-in votes.

In the Republican primary, Lonegan skated to an easy victory over Somerset County doctor Alieta Eck. Lonegan collected 79 percent of the vote to Eck’s 21 percent.

"I'm energized," Lonegan said in a telephone interview Tuesday night. "I wish I had another event to go to."

The special primary was unusual for the middle of August, and while official voter turnout numbers were unavailable Tuesday night, the numbers are widely expected to be low.

Gov. Chris Christie in June made the call to hold two special elections – a primary and a general – to fill the U.S. Senate vacancy left by Lautenberg's death instead of adding to the ballot in the regularly scheduled November general election, when Christie will by vying for re-election.

Critics decried the Christie's move, calling it an unnecessary expense of at least $24 million. A lawsuit to block Christie’s decision was struck down by the state Supreme Court.

In his victory speech, Booker promised to work for wage equality, marriage equality, to end child poverty and to raise the minimum wage.

"I tell you right now, make me your senator New Jersey and my pledge to you is that I will be unwavering in my focus in finding common ground and making things necessary the things that need to get done for our state," Booker said.

Booker's win was overwhelming. He took 18 of the state's 21 counties, losing to Pallone in Monmouth County -- Pallone's home county -- and to Holt in Mercer and Hunterdon counties. 

Lonegan's win was complete. He handily won in all 21 counties in the state.

Booker came out of the gates of the abbreviated campaign with huge advantages over his democratic rivals: He was known from coast to coast and people opened their wallets for him.

The Booker campaign has been awash in money, taking in six times as much as his nearest competitor in July, the last period reported to the Federal Election Commission, and raising a running total of $8.6 million for his bid to be New Jersey's junior senator.

Booker has spent like no one in the race, too, dropping more money than all his competitors combined.

Booker in July spent $2.5 million. All five of his competitors, Republican and Democrat alike, spent a grand total of $1.8 million during the same period, according to campaign finance reports.

He's also traded in on his so-called star power, attracting Oprah Winfrey and Eva Longoria to aid his campaign. Booker also brought in a long list of big-name out-of-state donors to his campaign war chest.

But that star power has irked some, raised the eyebrows of others and earned him a strong rebuke from the Lautenberg family, who not only backed Pallone but actively campaigned against Booker.

The abbreviated campaign was mainly a placid affair among both the Democratic and Republican candidates, until the last week when the frontrunners on either side of the aisle took heat, allowing their competitors to take strike stinging blows that had eluded them previously.

The New York Times reported that the two-term, full-time, Newark mayor found time to launch an internet startup that made him a $1 million richer while running New Jersey's largest city. The company, a video aggregation company called Waywire, has big investors who are also big contributors to Booker's campaign.

Then, the New York Post reported Booker has been receiving equity payments from his former law firms that he has failed to disclose.

Questions about both are unlikely to go away during the run-up to the October special election.

Likewise, Lonegan did not escape unscathed.

Late last week, a Lonegan staffer sent out a racially-charged tweet during the final Democratic Primary debate.

The staffer, who Lonegan has not named and said would not be fired, tweeted: "#breaking just leaked - Cory Booker’s foreign policy debate prep notes," and below it was a map of heavily African-American Newark. Scrawled over the map in different places was, "West Africa, Guyana, Portugal, Brazil," apparently meant to represent the city's various neighborhoods.

Lonegan, who later called the tweet "childish," ordered it removed immediately. He has since received criticism not just over the tweet, but of how he has handled the situation.

Gov. Chris Christie has said he would have fired the staffer for showing "a complete lack of judgment."

Lonegan has called the incident an exercise in political correctness, saying his detractors will use "every excuse to pull the race card."

Both men gave an indication on how the next phase of this Senate election may play out between the two. Not surprisingly, the two visions were not similar.

"I'm going to take this campaign directly to Mayor Booker," Lonegan said. "This is going to be one of the most in-your-face campaigns you've ever seen."

Booker was more circumspect.

He never mentioned him by name, but Booker said Lonegan was a person with strong beliefs and stronger rhetoric."

"Please know this about me: I will match his negative attacks with positive vision," Booker said. "If he puts up his fists, I'm going to extend a hand. He wants to be a flamethrower, I want to be a bridge builder."

But Booker also said he there were lines that could not be crossed in the campaign.

"I cut my teeth right here in Newark," he said. "So I'm telling you right now in this campaign, if he demeans a woman's equality, I will affirm it. If he seeks to regulate our gay brothers and sisters to second–class citizenship, I will elevate them and everyone."

At the top of his speech, Booker paid respect to Frank Lautenberg, calling him one of New Jersey's "greatest champions."

"We are a better state and we are a better America because of Senator Frank Lautenberg," Booker said.

He also praised each of his competitors in the primary race for their public service. 

It was unknown Tuesday whether Pallone and Oliver will get behind a Booker candidacy, but Holt said he would support the mayor.

"I just spoke with Cory Booker, who is likely to be New Jersey's state senator and told him that I will help to make that happen in November," Holt said.  

g August 14, 2013 at 12:57 PM
KEVIN STARED: waterboarding was not used t obtain it................ By MATT APUZZO, WROTE, WASHINGTON (AP) — Top national security lawyers in the Obama administration say U.S. citizens are legitimate military targets when they take up arms with al-Qaida. The lawyers were asked at a national security conference Thursday about the CIA killing of Anwar al-Alwaki, a U.S. citizen and leading al-Qaida figure. He died in a Sept. 30 U.S. drone strike in the mountains of Yemen. The government lawyers — CIA counsel Stephen Preston and Pentagon counsel Jeh Johnson — did not directly address the al-Alwaki case. But they said U.S. citizens don't have immunity when they're at war with the United States. ............................................................................ KEVIN, HOW IS IT THAT WATER BOARDING OF THE ENEMY IS TERRIBLE BUT KILLING AMERICAN CITIZENS IS NOT?? ....................Disingenuous and hypocritical, You bet.
g August 14, 2013 at 12:58 PM
Above should read: KEVIN STATED
g August 14, 2013 at 01:03 PM
Kevin for your: Barack Hussien Obama is purposely overwhelming the U.S. economy to create systemic failure, economic crisis and social chaos -- thereby destroying capitalism and our country from within.................................. Barack Hussien Obama is following the plan of Cloward & Piven, two professors at Columbia University. They outlined a plan to socialize America by overwhelming the system with government spending and entitlement demands............................................................... Obama's game plan to turn the United States into a socialist/Marxist state with a permanent majority that desperately needs government for survival ... and can be counted on to always vote for bigger government. Why not? They have no responsibility to pay for it.............................. Stimulus and bailouts. Where did all that money go? It went to Democrat contributors, organizations (ACORN), and unions -- including billions of dollars to save or create jobs of government employees across the country..................... It went to save GM and Chrysler so that their employees could keep paying union dues. It went to AIG so that Goldman Sachs could be bailed out (after giving Obama almost $1 million in contributions)........................................................ A staggering $125 billion went to teachers (thereby protecting their union dues). All those public employees will vote loyally Democrat to protect their bloated salaries and pensions that are bankrupting America.
Brad Schaeffer August 14, 2013 at 01:06 PM
All I'm going to say on the above thread is that anyone who thinks we have all the facts in any national security matter, no matter what public data supports what viewpoint, left right up or down, I highly recommend Anthony Cave Brown's book "A Bodyguard Of Lies" about the deceptions of WW2 used to mask the Normandy landings and other operations. "In wartime," said Churchill, " truth is so precious she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies." Something to think about as we form opinions on matters about which we have no idea how little we really know.
g August 14, 2013 at 01:10 PM
KEVIN, for your edification,................................. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich critiques President Obama’s handling of the economic crisis and the Clinton administration’s repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, a key deregulatory move that ended the separation of commercial and investment banking and is widely seen as having HELPED LEAD TO THE FINANCIAL COLLAPSE.
Marlboro Mann August 14, 2013 at 01:17 PM
It's a shame that Booker, the empty suit without a record to run on, will have a landslide victory in October without much competition. Regretfully, Lonnegan is a nut job whose radical views will never be endorsed by the majority of voters in this state ie unions, parasites, and illegals. Rather than running a viable candidate, the Republicans opted to run a sacrificial lamb instead.
Rocket J. Squirrel August 14, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Dumb and Dumberer.
g August 14, 2013 at 01:30 PM
KEVIN N, so gullible,..................................................The 9/11 advance-knowledge conspiracy theories center on arguments that certain institutions or individuals other than the perpetrators had foreknowledge of the September 11 attacks......................................................... Immediately following the attacks, President George W. Bush stated that "nobody in our government at least, and I don't the think the prior government, could envisage flying air planes into buildings" and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice claimed no-one "could have predicted that they would try to use an airplane as a missile". An Air Force general called the attack "something we had never seen before, something we had never even thought of." Soon after the attacks, FBI Director Robert Mueller announced "there were no warning signs that I'm aware of that would indicate this type of operation in the country However, Mueller noted that an FBI agent in Minneapolis said Moussaoui might be "that type of person that could fly something into the World Trade Center." Mueller said this warning should have been followed more vigorously.................................................................. Kevin we need some laughs. Do you have anymore conspiracy theories?
Aman77 August 14, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Hey Kevin. Doe this responsibility to be prepared for any attack on US soil by terrorists also apply to Obama and Hillary on the night of the Benghazi massacre? Or can I quote your Messiah's secretary of state and 2016 candidate for commander in chief "what difference at this point does it make?"
Aman77 August 14, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Oh wait never mind. That wasn't a terrorist attack. That was a "spontaneous reaction to an inflammatory video." Until it became clear--even to Obama's minions in the press--that this was a blatant CYA story trotted out week after week to lie and mislead the American people before the elections. And you have the nerve to accuse the Bush administration of being dishonest? Barack Obama--a man who got to where he is because of pigment, not achievement--will go down in history as one of the most dishonest, manipulative, uncaring, unfeeling and incompetent president in history. A man totally over his head. Someone who holds the USA in contempt--that includes you pal. He's a hack chicago huckster with a nice smile and soothing voice who duped you morons into thinking he's something more than just an empty suit. And now his wannabe, Booker, is following the same path.
Rocket J. Squirrel August 14, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Someone should stop streaming Netlifx documentaries.
Aman77 August 14, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Kevin. Nice deflection (must have learned that from Hillary) but I notice you didn't answer my question so I'll put it simply for you. If you blame Bush for knowing about 9/11 because as you say the president gets the update every day, do you then blame Obama for Benghazi since the same updates came to him?
Aman77 August 14, 2013 at 02:42 PM
One question Kevin. Can waterboarding really be TORTURE if pansy-ass liberal journalists and metro-sexual activists volunteer for it to show how terrible it is? You don't see them volunteering to have their nails pulled out, shoulders dislocated, beating with clubs, knee-capped or have the genital electrofied. Anything someone willing does cannot by definition be 'torture.' Just discomfort. There is a huge difference. But in this left wing softy culture we call everything torture that bothers us. No wonder we get our asses kicked all over the world now by goat herders and boy lovers.
CJV August 14, 2013 at 02:48 PM
It says a lot about the true motives of Republicans to elevate Benghazi above 9-11. A lot.
Aman77 August 14, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Who's elevating Benghazi above 9/11? One is a terrorist attack that two admins dropped the ball on and was a disaster for this country. The other was a shameful abandonment of an embassy where Americans were left to die and a national disgrace. But Kevin was saying how Bush as president had all the information he needed to see 9/11 coming but somehow his Messiah gets a pass on Benghazi. At least Bush didn't get together with Rumsfeld and Cheney and concoct a lie about what happened to cover their butts and then arrest an American citizen in the dead of night to appease a bunch of backwards goatherders...and even go on foreign TV to APOLOGIZE for a video they knew was not the cause of the attack to further bolster their lie.
Rocket J. Squirrel August 14, 2013 at 03:14 PM
I love the revisionism about the video. They outright blamed the attack on the video, which was provably unrelated to the attack. If Bush had done that, all hell would have broken loose. I admit Bush was an idiot of the higest order who had abysmal judgment, however, Obama is just plain incompetent.
g August 14, 2013 at 03:18 PM
KEVIN N, Barack Obama’s Iraq Failures Allow Islamic Terrorists To Run Free: Next Stop – America. by Ulsterman on July 23, 2013................................................ A collapse in security at Iraq’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison, resulting in hundreds of escaped prisoners, including several high ranking and very dangerous al Qaeda operatives – and the finger of blame now points directly back to Barack Obama’s “politics before proper policy” mantra that has been a hallmark of his administration........... In 2011, President Obama failed to make a serious effort to keep residual U.S. forces in Iraq, pulling them all out instead...................................... He used the complete withdrawal for political gain, trumpeting that he had ended the war........................... And now we are starting to reap the potentially awful consequences of his failure............................................................................. On Monday, hundreds of prisoners escaped from Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison, many of them senior al Qaeda operatives our troops had risked their lives to capture................................... “Obama’s utter aversion to military action is going to cause great harm to this country.”................................................ Add this most recent example of anti-terrorist failure in Iraq to the ongoing travesty that is Obama’s unwillingness to go after those terrorists responsible for the Benghazi Massacre in Libya months before the 2012 Election. .............................. Nearly a year has passed, and those terrorists remain free............................................................. World terrorists have little respect, and even less fear of Barack Obama, and the chaos they are creating is a direct result of the weak and incapable hands of our current president. Barack Obama’s Iraq Failures Allow Islamic Terrorists To Run Free: Next Stop – America. by Ulsterman on July 23, 2013 A collapse in security at Iraq’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison, resulting in hundreds of escaped prisoners, including several high ranking and very dangerous al Qaeda operatives – and the finger of blame now points directly back to Barack Obama’s “politics before proper policy” mantra that has been a hallmark of his administration. In 2011, President Obama failed to make a serious effort to keep residual U.S. forces in Iraq, pulling them all out instead. He used the complete withdrawal for political gain, trumpeting that he had ended the war. And now we are starting to reap the potentially awful consequences of his failure. On Monday, hundreds of prisoners escaped from Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison, many of them senior al Qaeda operatives our troops had risked their lives to capture. “Obama’s utter aversion to military action is going to cause great harm to this country.” Add this most recent example of anti-terrorist failure in Iraq to the ongoing travesty that is Obama’s unwillingness to go after those terrorists responsible for the Benghazi Massacre in Libya months before the 2012 Election. Nearly a year has passed, and those terrorists remain free. World terrorists have little respect, and even less fear of Barack Obama, and the chaos they are creating is a direct result of the weak and incapable hands of our current president. -UM
antonio movado August 14, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Although i am not a big fan of any politician, Obama screwed us up really bad. Lets see what the next Prez does ....
Tom August 15, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Cory "the Failure" Booker
Tom August 15, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Cory "the Failure" Booker
Patrick August 16, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Tom, actually... It is Cory Booker the next Senator of New Jersey.
CC August 16, 2013 at 07:26 AM
Kevin N - you confirm what I say about Obama followers. Still deflecting every statement anyone else says! Water boarding did not lead to the courier for OBL to be found?!! REALLY?!!!! ARE YOU KIDDING?!! What are you listening to? Oprah and Longoria once again?! LOL. You believe what the Obama Administrators say?! Humm... Look at what they all said about Benghazi, (way to go CLINTON) oh - and - they also have the Taliban running - yeah, we saw how much Obama knows! G - Look at the Democratic run FAILING cities - Chicago, Detroit, Camden, Newark... OH, and look how much Corzine did for NJ! We will see how Christie does now. NJ had a real setback with Sandy crippling us. However, I will not let Christie off the hook either. We need to FIX THE CORRUPTION in spending, especially (for me) in Union County! Are you listening Chris Christie?! COUNTY TAXES ARE KILLING THE MIDDLE CLASS RESIDENTS~~!!!!!!!!!!!! See, I will (and do) complain about any lawmaker we elect because - it's THEIR JOB. We also need TERM LIMITS and change Congress - Democrats and Republicans! THAT would be a real change.
Rocket J. Squirrel August 16, 2013 at 11:59 AM
Lonegan has as much chance in this race as I have of hopping in the wayback machine and winning the powerball last month.
CJV August 17, 2013 at 05:12 AM
CC, g, Jethro, Cletus, whoever you are- How many usernames do you have, trailer-trash? Do you think you're making it sound like a groundswell to use so many?
CC August 17, 2013 at 08:03 AM
CJV, Just so you know, I have no idea that I am using different user names! You see, I am not a technical/computer buff, and don't have to be to see what's going on with our country. Last I heard, everyone is still entitled to their opinions! No need to call others names because something I said obviously hit a nerve with you. I WILL still vote for LONEGAN! I am willing to see what a REAL CHANGE is. Can't be worse than what we have now....Obama, Booker AND what Corzine has accomplished. Just my opinion.... You don't have to agree.
Tom August 18, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Cory "the failure "booker has failed Newark and if elected to the Senate will Fail New Jersey
Jarhead August 19, 2013 at 02:31 PM
Booker will win because the people who are parasites feeding off the government dole outnumber those that work for a living to pay for their benefits. You may have guess I'm a Republican. After all, we can't all be on welfare!
CC August 19, 2013 at 03:42 PM
You are correct! Unless lawmakers put on the big boy pants and TRULY take control of the GRAVY TRAIN that responsible citizens are paying for, we will all be taken down financially. WAY TO GO OBAMA!!! This is your second term - OWN IT! Stop the deflecting game.
CC August 25, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Kevin N. Keep on believing the news media that backs our President - just like the ones who backed him at the beginning with the Benghazi story?! Yeah, right... I am done commenting.
CC August 25, 2013 at 04:58 PM
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