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Tea Party brings Sarah Palin to New Jersey to campaign against Cory Booker
October 12, 2013
NEW EGYPT, N.J. — With polls suggesting a tightening race and only a few days remaining in the United States Senate contest in New Jersey, thousands of people gathered at a racetrack here to watch Sarah Palin endorse the Republican candidate, Steve Lonegan.
“Something big is happening here; it’s called momentum,” said Ms. Palin, the former Alaska governor who was John McCain’s running mate during the 2008 presidential election. “The country knows it, the media knows it.”
Recent polls have shown Mr. Lonegan, a former mayor of Bogota, N.J., and a businessman, gaining ground on his nationally known Democratic rival, Mayor Cory A. Booker of Newark. The election is on Wednesday.
The surge has surprised many who thought the special election to fill the seat that became vacant upon the death this year of Senator Frank R. Lautenburg, a veteran Democrat, would be a landslide victory for Mr. Booker.
While Mr. Booker maintains a 12-point lead in the polls, Mr. Lonegan has gained traction in part by framing the election as a referendum on Mr. Booker’s celebrity.
“My opponent, Cory Booker, was anointed by Hollywood; he was anointed by Oprah,” Mr. Lonegan said. “California doesn’t need a third senator.”
More than 2,000 supporters of Mr. Lonegan’s crammed beside a dirt racetrack in front of a bus emblazoned with “Tea Party Express.” Many hoisted yellow flags that said “Don’t Tread on Me.” Most raised iPhones to snap photos of Ms. Palin.
Denise Williams, a retired teacher from Forked River, said she came to the rally because she believed Mr. Lonegan would help thwart the president’s agenda.
“I want him to go into the Senate and I want him to vote against everything that the liberal, socialist White House is for,” Ms. Williams, 64, said. “I want my grandkids to grow up in America.”
While the federal government staggered into another week of shutdown, Mr. Lonegan urged his supporters to back Republicans who refuse to compromise on their budget demands.
“Tell the Republicans in Washington, D.C., to hold the line,” Mr. Lonegan said before leading the crowd in a chant of “Hold the line! Hold the line!”
Ms. Palin also praised the House Republicans, who insist that parts of the Affordable Care Act be delayed before some government programs reopen.
“They’re calling it the ‘government shutdown.’ I think it should be called a ‘slimdown,’ ” Ms. Palin said. She then criticized the suspension of federal aid for the families of fallen soldiers, the shuttering of an Amber Alert Web site and the closing of war memorials.
“But Michelle Obama’s really groovy ‘Let’s Move’ video is still up and running because you can’t be chubby,” Ms. Palin said. She also rejected the notion that people should accept the Affordable Care Act because it was passed by Congress and upheld by the Supreme Court.
“They said that about Prohibition,” Ms. Palin said. “But I believe now you can get a beer with your famous New Jersey pizza.”
The racetrack is in a rural swath of Ocean County lined with fields, a few golf courses and a Smokey Bear sign. Signs advertised for sale pumpkins, produce and pine trees.
Mike Betancourt, a retired teacher from Whiting, N.J., said he was motivated to drive to the rally because of Mr. Lonegan’s momentum. “He’s doing better lately,” Mr. Betancourt, 67, said. “It made me want to come out.”
Diana McKnight, 55, from Forked River, brought her husband to see Mr. Lonegan. “It started out he didn’t have a chance,” she said. “The gap is getting smaller, I feel wonderful.”
Even Mr. Lonegan seemed giddy. He mentioned Mr. Booker’s campaign and Twitter messages to an Oregon stripper, and made a play on words to reference his own momentum.
“My opponent would rather tweet about pole dancers,” he said, “than poll numbers.”
- He's a goner.
- Wow, well that's a mistake.
- Are they completely stupid? Christie has been able to survive as a Republican but painting himself as a moderate and distancing himself from the Tea Partiers. (But if they had two brain cells to rub together, I guess they wouldn't be right-wing Republicans in the first place.)
- *by painting himself
- This has the markings of Brown v. Coakley. Hello, Senator Lonegan.
- R5, while it's true that the Democrats probably oversold Booker and got a bit overconfident, Booker is a stronger candidate than Coakley, and Lonegan is not someone who can appeal to the moderates in the way Brown did.
Booker is still likely to win, but perhaps not with the large margins originally predicted.
- Lonegan is a disgusting, racist, vulgar little pig-faced man but he's managed to tap in the to the anger about the high taxes in NJ and the assumed waste by cities like Newark. I don't think he'll win, but it's scary to read the comments on websites and read how many people buy in to his loony ideas about SS being a ponzi scheme, dissolving regulations, etc.
My guess is that Booker looked past this election and focused on raising money for the next election he'll have to run in '14. This election demonstrates that the tea party lunacy isn't just isolated to the south & west.
- The bigger story is Christie deciding to hold the election a. 3 weeks before his own; and b. on a Wednesday. How many people know to vote on a Wednesday? I myself was all ready to go in this Tuesday until I checked the ballot and saw the election day was Wednesday.
- Yeah, I thought that was weird too, R8. Elections are usually on a Tuesday. I originally assumed it was Tuesday, too. I hope the Booker team makes sure to do a lot of voter contact and give them the correct date.
- What's with these insane retired teachers?
- I think it's old people in general; my dad in particular has this "I've got mine so f&xk everyone else" attitude even though he's doing pretty well for a guy with a high school education. Those people (along with hardcore racists) are the heart of the tea party.
- I don't like Cory Booker politically.
Perhaps the Tea Party should have brought in Sarah Palin for Mr. Booker.
Or, scratch that, not bring in her at all.
The Tea Party is the Republican Party.
The "movement" was fake shit. "News" media was in on it.
- [quote] What's with these insane retired teachers?
They're looking for a larger group of people to tyrannize.\t
- [quote]I don't like Cory Booker politically.
Any particular reason, R12?
- According to DL "wisdom" the repukes are dead. They committed suicide during the budget shutdown debacle. So...no problem.
- Booker was beatable, but not by this lunatic Lonegan.
- What a bunch of freaks.
[quote]More than 2,000 supporters of Mr. Lonegan’s crammed beside a dirt racetrack in front of a bus emblazoned with “Tea Party Express.”
Of course they did, how perfect.
[quote]“I want him to go into the Senate and I want him to vote against everything that the liberal, socialist White House is for,” Ms. Williams, 64, said. “I want my grandkids to grow up in America.”
Her grandkids want her to die in America, as quickly as possible. Of the three attendees they quoted, one was 55, one was 70-something and this one - 64. The Depends concession did brisk business at the track that day.
[quote] She [Palin] also rejected the notion that people should accept the Affordable Care Act because it was passed by Congress and upheld by the Supreme Court.
I remember racists saying things like that about civil rights and desegregation.
[quote]“They said that about Prohibition,” Ms. Palin said. “But I believe now you can get a beer with your famous New Jersey pizza.”
She's not the first grossly ignorant politician I've seen and she certainly won't be the last, but MY GOD this woman is a fucking moron.
[quote]“My opponent would rather tweet about pole dancers,” he said, “than poll numbers.”
His opponent would rather tweet about pole smoking and his opponent is going to kick this Tea Party Republican idiot's ass on Wednesday.
- HEL-LO? People are tired of Palin already...enough!
- This $20 million unnecessary election is being held for ONE reason. Chris Crisco, NJ's own tub of lard, was scared people would vote straight DEmocratic if he put Booker on the ballot with his election in a month. So much for the frugal Repug gov.
Another bloated hypocritical Repug.
- I like R18's commentary. Hopefully we will see more of it in the future!
- Your famous New Jersey pizza? WTF? New York is famous for Pizza, Chicago, it's own style. New Jersey is famous for it's horrendous chemical stink.
- [quote]“They said that about Prohibition,” Ms. Palin said. “But I believe now you can get a beer with your famous New Jersey pizza.”
New Jersey pizza?
Has she confused it with New York pizza as in the NYC vs. Chicago pizza war?
- Any trick in the book, right?? .. Hopefully, none of them will work. Let's see how this week plays out..
- [quote]"My opponent, Cory Booker, was anointed by Hollywood; he was anointed by Oprah,” Mr. Lonegan said. “California doesn’t need a third senator.”
What an ironic statement by a man who is being supported by a woman whose family was involved in four separate reality shows (if you count Bristol's two appearances on Dancing with the Stars). One of them involved peddling the life of Palin's illegitimate grandson with his dancer, dropout mother Bristol. Jesus H. Christ, that these people can talk about "Hollywood" with a straight face...
- Do any of you think John McCain ever curses himself for opening the Pandora's Box Of Crazy when he chose her as his running mate all those years ago?
- I hope so, r26, if not he's dumber than Palin.
That VP choice was the stupidest move ever.
- I hope Booker doesn't have another screwup.
His once commanding lead is now down to 10.
- Central NJ and south are a lot of white trash and northern NJ are privileged asshole - the nouveau riche. Booker has a problem.
- It will be closer than we would like, primarily due to Lonegan's appeal to white males (you can just hear them say "There's already one too many ni***rs in DC already") and Booker's overconfidence.
Still, it's hard to imagine Lonergan getting the majority of the vote even with this trend. He really is an awful person - from Gail Collins' Op-Ed piece from this past weekend:
"Lonegan, on the other hand, is the candidate who said: “I don’t care about working together and all that nonsense. What the hell does that mean?” Also the one who opposed federal aid to the victims of Hurricane Sandy by suggesting New Jersey just “suck it up.”
"White men of New Jersey, we understand that you’re irked about the way the world is going and that it makes you feel better to tell some person who calls you on the phone, interrupting your dinner, that you’re going to go out and vote for Steve Lonegan, a man who once expressed his view of the social safety net by saying, “I’d hate to see you get cancer, but that’s your problem, not mine.”
- One major difference between Booker and Coakley, is that Booker is good at getting out to the public. Coakley practically had to be dragged kicking and screaming to do that, and she ran a terrible campaign.
- Now Booker's "neighbors" are saying that he doesn't even live in Newark.
- Palin campaigning against Booker helps Booker.
- Booker will most likely win this, but it's a reminder never to underestimate the Republicans. They sometimes are capable of putting in a surprisingly strong push in the final days of a campaign.
- R28, another poll had him up by 22; both polls are a relatively small sample size (500 people) and conducted via landline, which eliminates a lot of younger voters.
- Which poll was this, R35? Was it recent?