In the second and final New Jersey Senate debate Wednesday night, Steve Lonegan heightened attacks against Cory Booker (a “Hollywood stand-in”), the city where he serves as mayor (a “big black hole”), and his most prominent backer, President Obama (a “tyrant”).
Lonegan, the former mayor of Bogota and the Republican candidate in next week’s special election, described Newark, where Booker has been mayor since 2006, as an economic “black hole” for “rural and suburban taxpayers.” The city, New Jersey’s largest, is so ridden with crime, said Lonegan, that dead bodies prevent residents from swimming in the Passaic River.
“You may not be able to swim in that river, I think, probably because of all the bodies floating around from shootings in the city,” said Lonegan, provoking an audible reaction from the audience at Rowan University.
“Oh my god, oh my god,” said Booker. “This is what he thinks of our cities — that there are bodies floating in city. How insulting is that to the people of the city and others working together? This is insulting.”