Buoyed by surging poll numbers, New Jersey Republican Senate candidate Steve Lonegan received a boost from Sarah Palin this weekend, who stumped for the former small town mayor while tying Newark Mayor Cory Booker to current problems in Washington.
Lonegan, who has slashed Booker's poll lead from 28 percent to 12 percent with the special election for late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg set for Wednesday, could see more gains with Palin's star power endorsement.
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"You can turn things around. Something big is happening here," Palin told a crowd of about 4,000 people at the New Egypt Speedway, according to the Star-Ledger.
"Thank you for you being here. You who have the Jersey fight — you who are here for love of country."
In a news conference before Palin's speech, Lonegan said the former Alaska governor and former vice presidential candidate has a strong message against big government that should unite New Jersey residents.
"Sarah Palin is a wonderful mother, she was a mayor of her town, a governor, a vice presidential candidate," Lonegan said. "She is an absolute wonderful model for women voters. She represents New Jersey. They are absolutely scared to death of Sarah Palin coming here because they know she is going to mobilize this base."
On top of endorsing Lonegan, Palin criticized the closing of the World War II memorial in Washington D.C. during the shutdown.
According to the Star-Ledger, Pail said Lautenberg "was the last World War II veteran to serve in Congress. His memory is dishonored, along with all of our military veterans. Bottom line, guys: The politicians are using the military as pawns."
Lonegan said Sunday he no longer feels his campaign is a long shot and he expects to win on Wednesday, according to CBS-New York.
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez stumped for Booker in New Jersey on Sunday. Booker addressed a crowed at the annual Bergen and Passaic Counties Hispanic Rally.
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