NY Post: Bell vs. Booker a 'Clear Choice'
8:41 AM, Jun 24, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In a new editorial, the New York Post notes the odds are stacked against New Jersey's Jeff Bell, the Republican challenger to incumbent Democratic senator Cory Booker:
The Post adds that on several issues of the day, Bell has "sharp differences" with Booker that give voters in New Jersey a "clear choice." It's clear the editors would prefer Bell.
The former Reagan speechwriter and 1978 GOP Senate nominee (Bell defeated incumbent Clifford Case in the primary but lost the general to Democrat Bill Bradley) is a long-shot, but not as long as it might have seemed. Booker rose to fame as the amiable mayor of Newark, with a loyal Twitter following and a friendly rivalry with Republican governor Chris Christie. Elected in a special election last year to fill the late Frank Lautenberg's seat, Booker might look secure in deep blue New Jersey.
But one poll, which prompted the Post editorial, found Booker under 50 percent and leading Bell, who is relatively unknown, by just 13 points:
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