WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Democrat Cory Booker was set to face Republican Steve Lonegan for the U.S. Senate seat in New Jersey following the primary this week, and an expert said Booker will likely cruise to victory.
As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, Booker – the mayor of Newark — defeated U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, and state Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver among the Democrats, while Lonegan – a former mayor of Bogota, N.J. who now heads a conservative group – won against opponent Alieta Eck.
Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said Booker could likely cruise to victory in the general election as he did in the primary.
“Cory Booker is in the driver’s seat in this race,” Murray said. “His national name recognition, the Democratic advantage in New Jersey, Steve Lonegan’s painting himself into a corner as a conservative on social issues — all plays into Cory Booker’s favor.”