(CNN) - With only a week left until New Jersey’s Senate special election, the only civil moment of Wednesday's final showdown between Cory Booker and Steve Lonegan came at the night's close, with a handshake.
But in between that small gesture of political sportsmanship and the moderator Jim Rosenfield's call to order, New Jersey's senate candidates meted out relentless, and sometimes personal, verbal assaults, criticizing each other on everything from their stances on same-sex marriage to the on-going partial government shutdown.
(CNN) - A conservative Super PAC is questioning Michael Bloomberg's new TV spot that supports New Jersey Senate hopeful Cory Booker and touts the Newark mayor's education achievements.
The American Commitment Action Fund says it's spending $130,000 to run an ad that will air across the Garden State, accusing Booker of failing Newark's schools despite a $100 million donation from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg to help improve the schools.
(CNN) – Democratic nominee Cory Booker maintains his 12 percentage point lead over Republican rival Steve Lonegan one week before Election Day, according to a poll released Wednesday.
The Quinnipiac University survey shows Booker, mayor of Newark, has a 53%-41% lead among likely New Jersey voters over Lonegan, former mayor of Bogota, in the special Senate race held to fill the remainder of the term of late Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
(CNN) - From commercials to fundraising to polling, the partial government shutdown appears to be having an instant impact on the 2013 elections.
But Tuesday, something new.
Vice President Joe Biden canceled plans to campaign Friday with Newark Mayor Cory Booker, the Democratic nominee in next week's special U.S. Senate election in New Jersey.
Washington (CNN) – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is spending $1 million to run a TV ad to boost Newark Mayor Cory Booker in his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.
Booker is running in the Oct. 16 special election against Republican Steve Lonegan to fill the remainder of the term of longtime Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died earlier this year.
(CNN) – Cory Booker may have taken his diminished lead in the latest polls to heart, starting out on the offensive against Steve Lonegan in the first debate for New Jersey's Senate seat and never letting up.
Lonegan, who trails Booker by 12% and 13% in the most recent polls, returned the favor, blasting Booker's record as mayor of Newark while Booker in turn repeatedly painted Lonegan as a "tea party extremist."
(CNN) – Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has thrown her support behind Steve Lonegan in New Jersey's special U.S. Senate race.
The former Alaska governor released a statement Wednesday promoting the Republican nominee's conservative principles while criticizing Democratic opponent Cory Booker’s “constant tweeting and trips to Hollywood” and leadership as mayor of Newark.
(CNN) – Democrat Cory Booker's U.S. Senate campaign says raised $2.85 million in the last two months, bringing the Newark, New Jersey mayor's total to $11.5 million since January. The Booker campaign is reporting $2.63 million cash on hand.
The campaign of New Jersey Senate Republican nominee Steve Lonegan tells CNN it brought in over a million dollars during that same time period, and has $241,000 in the bank.
Updated 10/1/2013 at 1:36pm
(CNN) - The federal government shutdown is playing out immediately on the campaign trail.
In Virginia, which holds a gubernatorial election in five weeks, the campaigns of Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and businessman and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe are both trying to use the shutdown, which began at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, to their advantage.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker is known for engaging in casual banter on Twitter with people from all walks of life, and one of those private exchanges with an exotic dancer was made public Wednesday.
And a Booker spokesman said the mayor doesn't regret it.
"It is obviously pretty innocuous and quite frankly there is nothing there," Booker spokesman Kevin Griffis said about the mayor's interaction with the stripper, Lynsie Lee.