“The difference between me and Cory Booker, is that he doesn’t trust you with your money!”
Newark Mayor Cory Booker is looking at an extremely tight race for Senate in New Jersey vs. Republican challenger Steve Lonegan. Booker may still be a favorite, but his once-whopping 35-point lead has now been reduced to a mere 12 points. That’s common in most races, but the fact that his challenger is a Tea Party Republican in a liberal state that voted overwhelmingly for Obama is not a good sign for Booker.
In a debate over Social Security, Booker lays bare his total and utter belief in big government to solve societal problems. Lonegan pins Booker down and points out to the audience how Booker doesn’t trust people to take care of themselves. Now, polls numbers are reflecting how powerful that type of attack is.
From Fox News:
My sense is that the numbers reflect complacency in the Booker campaign,” Ross Baker, a political science professor at Rutgers University, told FoxNews.com. “The Booker people wrote off Lonegan as a right-wing crank and small-town mayor. Booker was on the fast track to election, and there was a growing realization that he saw the race wrapped up and that’s always a mistake.
“It’s one thing to be confident. It’s another to be complacent.”
Booker is going to have work a lot harder to take that senate seat now. Looks like it will be a fun race to watch.
h/t: Tom Gervasi