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NJ Senate race heats up; candidates meet in Phillipsburg

By Ashley Bellman, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 25 2013 09:06:10 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 26 2013 05:07:13 AM CDT

NJ senate race heating up

PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. -

The race is on for the vacant New Jersey Senate seat. Democrat Corey Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan trading shots on the campaign trail.

The special election will be held on October 16th.

Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Cory booker stopped in Phillipsburg Sunday night for a fund-raiser event.

"The most important thing is bringing people together to work together to get things done to really help empower people back in New Jersey," Booker said.

Booker said he knows how to get things done effectively after his experience working with a Republican governor as a Democratic mayor in Newark.

His Republican opponent, Steve Lonegan said he is focusing his campaign on individual liberty: "We see lots of big government abuse of power coming out of this administration," Lonegan said.

The two candidates have criticized each other for being extremists in their parties.

Booker is heavily favored to win, but Lonegan said he is not by his threatened opponent's high profile endorsements.

Booker said he is focused on making changes in Washington, but Lonegan said his opponent is just another talking head for President Obama.