Lautenberg questions wife as candidate, and Andrews still wants debates

TRENTON – The Lautenberg campaign today took exception to Andrews's people describing the congressman's kickoff as an event reserved for

TRENTON – The Lautenberg campaign today took exception to Andrews's people describing the congressman's kickoff as an event reserved for family as opposed to politicians.

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"Camille Andrews is a politician," said Lautenberg spokesperson Julie Roginsky of the candidate's wife, who's running for her husband's District 1 congressional seat, andwho stood with Andrews in Trenton today.

Answering criticism that heappears to beinstallingCamille Andrewsas a placeholder while he runs for the U.S. Senate, the congressman repeated his promise to not reclaim his House seat should he fail in his June 3 primary bid against Lautenberg.

He also lashed out at the senator for trying to makeCamille Andrewsa campaign issue.

"It does say something odd about a 24-year incumbent senator who's talking about his opponent's wife," said Andrews, who today again called on Lautenberg to debate him.

The congressman said he has accepted debate invitations from NJN News, the Associated Press, the Press of Atlantic City and Stockton College, all impartial referees, in his estimation.

He has yet to hear from the senator, Andrews told reporters on Monday.

Lautenberg questions wife as candidate, and Andrews still wants debates