U.S. Senate candidates in New Jersey meet for first debate Friday

 Cory Booker and Steve Lonegan debate Friday in Trenton. (Photos from AP)

Cory Booker and Steve Lonegan debate Friday in Trenton. (Photos from AP)

There won’t be much common ground when Democrat Cory Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan meet in their first debate in New Jersey’s U.S. Senate campaign on Friday. 

Lonegan believes in limited government, opposes the nation’s new health insurance and applauds shutting down the government over the health care law.

Booker circulated a petition urging Congress to end the shutdown and believes the new health care law will give those who can’t otherwise afford it access to insurance.

Recent polls have shown Lonegan has gained ground on Booker, who is better-known and better-funded and continues to enjoy a comfortable lead in the Oct. 16 election.

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The pair will tape the debate on Friday and it will be broadcast Sunday by WABC in New York at 11 a.m. and WPVI in Philadelphia at 9:30 a.m. 


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