NEWARK – Steve Lonegan said he’s tired of the platitudes spouting from Newark Mayor Cory Booker, his general election opponent in the U.S. Senate contest.
Calling himself the pragmatist in the contest, Booker today called Lonegan too extreme even for his own Republican Party.
Lonegan struck back.
“He’s a far left liberal extremist,” the former mayor of Bogota said of Booker, decrying the Democrat’s effort to wear the pragmatist tag.
“His is a record of miserable failure,” said Lonegan, citing 15% unemployment in Newark and crushing tax burdens on local business while big corporate names enjoy tax abatements.
“Cory Booker has never created a job in his life,” the Republican added. “He worships big government. Fifteen percent unemployment isn’t pragmatic. It’s called failure.”
Booker in his speech earlier today noted his close ties to GOP Gov. Chris Christie, but Lonegan described as significant Christie’s endorsement in the U.S. Senate contest. Christie earlier this week announced his support for Lonegan.
Booker’s evocation of Christie “shows he’s desperate,” Lonegan said. “Chris Christie didn’t endorse Cory Booker, he endorsed Steve Lonegan, and he didn’t pull any punches when he did it.”
In his speech today, Booker argued that a third of all new commercial development in the state right now is occurring in Newark.