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New Jersey Senate Election & Syria

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New Jersey’s Special Senate Election is now gaining some national attention, well at least one candidate is.  Steve Lonegan has been endorsed by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul who is known as a rock-star among the National Republican Party.

Former New Jersey Assemblyman Guy Talarico chimes in on the latest Lonegan news to discuss whether or not Paul’s endorsement will end up helping Lonegan in the polls or if this is just a way for Paul to get back at Chris Christie. Talarico said, “I think Republicans need help from everywhere they can get it in New Jersey in order to win.  I don’t see it as a poke in the eye, I think it’s a really strong support of Steve Lonegan, recognizing his strong conservative principles that Rand shares.”

The conservative view plays very well in Kentucky, but how will the people of New Jersey respond to it? Talarico says, “I believe that people in New Jersey want strong principle government, they want their taxes under control, they want limited government and I think it’s how it’s positioned to play out.”

So the question remains, does Steve Lonegan really have a chance in the Garden State? Talarico thinks it’s really anyone’s game, but his prediction is that this special election will have a very low voter turnout. 

So, if the 2016 election comes down to Christie and Rand returning the White House to the Republican Party who has the better chance? Talarico says, “I like Rand Paul’s positions, but I like the fact that Chris Christie has stood his ground in a very tough state.”

Syria becomes a topic of discussion and New Jersey candidates are put on the spot regarding their views on getting involved.  Booker has opposed it from early on and feels there should be no set reason why you go to war.  He still respects the President’s decision to invite congress in on the decision and will wait to see what happens.

Governor Christie is yet to weigh in, but Talarico says it’s only a matter of time.  He said, “I don’t think he is afraid to take on strong positions”

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