by John Mooney, NJSpotlight.com
In the last week of the U.S. Senate race between Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Republican candidate Steve Lonegan, there isn’t much question as to where each man stands.
Still, if there were any lingering doubts, last night’s lively hour-long debate between the two at Rowan University couldn’t have drawn clearer lines on a range of topics -- federal and state.
On the government shutdown, Obamacare, abortion rights, and gun control, Booker and Lonegan were diametrically and unabashedly opposed.
In the end, there were likely no major overnight shifts in a race that has seen Booker with a strong double-digit lead over the former Bogota mayor, although there are some signs of that narrowing. The special election is next Wednesday, October 16.
Emotions were readily apparent, with Lonegan especially coming off as angry and Booker sometimes smug and patronizing.