Steve Lonegan's New Jersey Senate campaigned continued to gain momentum on Thursday with an endorsement from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and a new poll showing he continues to close in on Democrat Cory Booker.
came in a statement in which she compared the two candidates work as mayors. Lonegan presided over Bogota, N.J., for 12 years while Booker is current mayor in Newark.
"During one mayor’s tenure, his town’s unemployment nearly doubled, taxes skyrocketed, and violent crime increased," Palin said of Booker. "But in fairness, [he] may not have noticed these facts between his constant tweeting and trips to Hollywood."
She had much kinder words for Lonegan. "As mayor, Steve cut wasteful spending, eliminated wasteful services, stabilized taxes, and reduced debt. . . . He understands that government is too often the problem, not the solution."
Bogota is a town of just over 8,000 people while Newark's population is nearly 278,000.
The election to replace Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died in June, is set for Oct. 16.
Meanwhile, a new poll taken by the Lonegan campaign shows he has closed the gap on Booker to three points, according to the website SaveJersey.com
Rick Shaftan, a Lonegan pollster, shows Booker leading 47 percent to 44 percent, the website reports.
An internal poll
by the Lonegan camp just two days earlier put the gap at six points.
And in a Monmouth University poll
conducted in September, Booker led Lonegan 53 to 40 percent among likely voters.
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