HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) - The Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in New Jersey is opening the general election campaign with an attack on the mayoral record of his opponent, Democratic rising star Cory Booker.
Steve Lonegan says that if Booker is elected, he'd leave New Jersey's largest city with more crime and fewer jobs than when he was elected.
It's the first jab from a conservative whom Booker identified as "a flame thrower" Tuesday after both of them won their party's primaries.
Lonegan says his limited government ideology will resonate with voters, though New Jersey has not elected a Republican to the Senate in 40-plus years.
Booker, who began the day greeting rail commuters in Hoboken, says voters have a clear choice because Lonegan is at "the far margin of the Republican Party."