Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Booker, Lonegan Differ over Shutdown

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Booker, Lonegan Differ over Shutdown

Article excerpt

As Cory Booker called for an end to the federal government shutdown on Tuesday, his campaign felt its effects.

Vice President Joe Biden canceled a campaign swing through New Jersey with Booker that had been scheduled for Friday. Biden's office said he was staying in Washington because of the shutdown.

Booker, meanwhile, was in Cliffside Park to argue that his Republican opponent in the U.S. Senate race, Steve Lonegan, would only make the problems in Washington worse if he is elected.

"If you like the shutdown and think it should keep going, Steve Lonegan is your guy," said Booker, the Democratic mayor of Newark. "If you want to end it and think it's no way to run a government, I ask for your vote."

Lonegan said Republicans in Congress should not vote on a funding bill -- which would reopen the government -- unless Democrats agree to delay implementing the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare.

"Sometimes you have to stand and fight," said Lonegan, a Republican and a former Bogota mayor.

Biden's canceled trip was not a complete surprise. Neither the White House nor Booker's campaign had released any details about the visit by Monday, a sign the cancellation was possible. Trips by the president and vice president require extensive planning by support staff.

Booker's campaign will begin a five-day bus tour on Friday.

Also on Tuesday -- just eight days ahead of the Oct. 16 special election -- a report found that independent groups supporting Booker are "burying" pro-Lonegan groups in the cash race.

The report, released by the non-partisan Center for Public Integrity, said so-called super PACs, which can accept unlimited contributions while providing little disclosure, have spent nearly $600,000 to support Booker. That is in addition to $1 million worth of pro-Booker TV commercials paid for by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's super PAC. …

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