Editorial: Cory Booker for U.S. Senate

New Jersey's next U.S. senator

Many of our nation's interrelated crises can only be resolved by President Barack Obama and a majority of the Republican and Democratic members of the Senate and House collaborating on solutions. To ease, abate, and resolve these travails afflicting the United States, there's only one answer: Our political leaders must work together.

Elect a U.S. senator - but on Oct. 16?

After Sen. Frank Lautenberg died on June 3, Gov. Chris Christie scheduled a special election on Wednesday, Oct. 16, to fill the Senate seat. It's three weeks prior to the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 5, when Christie is on the ballot, seeking reelection.

The Oct. 16 election will cost taxpayers $15 million, a stupefying waste of citizens' dollars spent by our governor to avoid posting the names of Cory Booker, a Democrat, and Steve Lonegan, a Republican, on the Nov. 5 ballot alongside Christie and his Democratic opponent, Barbara Buono.

Common sense dictates the General Election ballot should include the candidates for U.S. Senate alongside the candidates for New Jersey governor. One presumes that Steve Lonegan, a conservative's conservative, would denounce this shredding of $15 million, but there's been no internecine criticism. While this waste of public money is Christie's fault, not Lonegan's, it has been perpetrated due to Republican political decisions.

new jersey's choice: Cory Booker or Steve Lonegan

Quality public education, adequate and affordable healthcare, increased employment and U.S. manufacturing, reducing our gargantuan national debt, abating environmental concerns, diminishing hostilities and achieving dialogue with inimical nations, and reversing our unceasing reliance on borrowing money to spend money are among the national concerns that our next senator must address.

Both men are principled. But Lonegan takes stances on issues that are reasoned but not always reasonable.

Despite proclaiming his advocacy of individual liberty, Lonegan opposes gay marriage and the federal government's involvement in civil rights for gay people. Booker promulgates equal rights for gays. Equality endangers nobody.

Lonegan opposes federal efforts to monitor the sale of firearms, preferring to maintain the status quo of appallingly lax oversight. One can rhetorically ask how many more massacres will occur in locales such as the Washington Navy Yard and Newtown, Conn. The obvious answer? Many more massacres. The common denominator? The killers were armed with illegally purchased firearms. In the United States, as Obama observed this past Monday in a eulogy to the dozen Navy Yard victims, "The murder rate with guns is 10 times what it is with other developed nations."

Improved monitoring of who sells and who buys firearms isn't liberal or conservative. It's rational. It's Booker's stance.

Unlike Lonegan, Booker supports the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," covering millions of citizens who otherwise don't have medical coverage. Conservative Republicans in Congress, a coterie whom Lonegan hopes to join, will continue funding the federal government contingent on scrapping the Affordable Care Act. Without bipartisan approval of increasing the federal debt ceiling, in early October the federal government could default on everything prefaced with a dollar sign.

Lonegan has dared to stand up for his beliefs regardless of the crowd of New Jerseyans in front of him. But many of Lonegan's stances are anathema to his home-state crowd.

Steve Lonegan had a successful tenure as mayor of Bogota, a Bergen County borough of about 8,200 residents. Cory Booker, however, overcame Sharpe James' corrupt mayoral fiefdom of Newark - New Jersey's largest city with a population of 277,000.

Booker is a Democrat who emphasizes empirically-based pragmatism above the dogmas of decades past.

He's got the disposition needed in the Senate to foster cooperation among Democrats and many Republicans.

For these attributes, The Montclair Times endorses Cory Booker for New Jersey's next U.S. senator.

New Jersey's next U.S. senator

Many of our nation's interrelated crises can only be resolved by President Barack Obama and a majority of the Republican and Democratic members of the Senate and House collaborating on solutions. To ease, abate, and resolve these travails afflicting the United States, there's only one answer: Our political leaders must work together.

Elect a U.S. senator - but on Oct. 16?

After Sen. Frank Lautenberg died on June 3, Gov. Chris Christie scheduled a special election on Wednesday, Oct. 16, to fill the Senate seat. It's three weeks prior to the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 5, when Christie is on the ballot, seeking reelection.

The Oct. 16 election will cost taxpayers $15 million, a stupefying waste of citizens' dollars spent by our governor to avoid posting the names of Cory Booker, a Democrat, and Steve Lonegan, a Republican, on the Nov. 5 ballot alongside Christie and his Democratic opponent, Barbara Buono.

Common sense dictates the General Election ballot should include the candidates for U.S. Senate alongside the candidates for New Jersey governor. One presumes that Steve Lonegan, a conservative's conservative, would denounce this shredding of $15 million, but there's been no internecine criticism. While this waste of public money is Christie's fault, not Lonegan's, it has been perpetrated due to Republican political decisions.

new jersey's choice: Cory Booker or Steve Lonegan

Quality public education, adequate and affordable healthcare, increased employment and U.S. manufacturing, reducing our gargantuan national debt, abating environmental concerns, diminishing hostilities and achieving dialogue with inimical nations, and reversing our unceasing reliance on borrowing money to spend money are among the national concerns that our next senator must address.

Both men are principled. But Lonegan takes stances on issues that are reasoned but not always reasonable.

Despite proclaiming his advocacy of individual liberty, Lonegan opposes gay marriage and the federal government's involvement in civil rights for gay people. Booker promulgates equal rights for gays. Equality endangers nobody.

Lonegan opposes federal efforts to monitor the sale of firearms, preferring to maintain the status quo of appallingly lax oversight. One can rhetorically ask how many more massacres will occur in locales such as the Washington Navy Yard and Newtown, Conn. The obvious answer? Many more massacres. The common denominator? The killers were armed with illegally purchased firearms. In the United States, as Obama observed this past Monday in a eulogy to the dozen Navy Yard victims, "The murder rate with guns is 10 times what it is with other developed nations."

Improved monitoring of who sells and who buys firearms isn't liberal or conservative. It's rational. It's Booker's stance.

Unlike Lonegan, Booker supports the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," covering millions of citizens who otherwise don't have medical coverage. Conservative Republicans in Congress, a coterie whom Lonegan hopes to join, will continue funding the federal government contingent on scrapping the Affordable Care Act. Without bipartisan approval of increasing the federal debt ceiling, in early October the federal government could default on everything prefaced with a dollar sign.

Lonegan has dared to stand up for his beliefs regardless of the crowd of New Jerseyans in front of him. But many of Lonegan's stances are anathema to his home-state crowd.

Steve Lonegan had a successful tenure as mayor of Bogota, a Bergen County borough of about 8,200 residents. Cory Booker, however, overcame Sharpe James' corrupt mayoral fiefdom of Newark - New Jersey's largest city with a population of 277,000.

Booker is a Democrat who emphasizes empirically-based pragmatism above the dogmas of decades past.

He's got the disposition needed in the Senate to foster cooperation among Democrats and many Republicans.

For these attributes, The Montclair Times endorses Cory Booker for New Jersey's next U.S. senator.

- See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/opinions/225737351_The_Montclair_Times_Editorial__Cory_Booker_for_U_S__Senate.html?page=all#sthash.rAUghKfk.dpuf
New Jersey's next U.S. senator

Many of our nation's interrelated crises can only be resolved by President Barack Obama and a majority of the Republican and Democratic members of the Senate and House collaborating on solutions. To ease, abate, and resolve these travails afflicting the United States, there's only one answer: Our political leaders must work together.

Elect a U.S. senator - but on Oct. 16?

After Sen. Frank Lautenberg died on June 3, Gov. Chris Christie scheduled a special election on Wednesday, Oct. 16, to fill the Senate seat. It's three weeks prior to the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 5, when Christie is on the ballot, seeking reelection.

The Oct. 16 election will cost taxpayers $15 million, a stupefying waste of citizens' dollars spent by our governor to avoid posting the names of Cory Booker, a Democrat, and Steve Lonegan, a Republican, on the Nov. 5 ballot alongside Christie and his Democratic opponent, Barbara Buono.

Common sense dictates the General Election ballot should include the candidates for U.S. Senate alongside the candidates for New Jersey governor. One presumes that Steve Lonegan, a conservative's conservative, would denounce this shredding of $15 million, but there's been no internecine criticism. While this waste of public money is Christie's fault, not Lonegan's, it has been perpetrated due to Republican political decisions.

new jersey's choice: Cory Booker or Steve Lonegan

Quality public education, adequate and affordable healthcare, increased employment and U.S. manufacturing, reducing our gargantuan national debt, abating environmental concerns, diminishing hostilities and achieving dialogue with inimical nations, and reversing our unceasing reliance on borrowing money to spend money are among the national concerns that our next senator must address.

Both men are principled. But Lonegan takes stances on issues that are reasoned but not always reasonable.

Despite proclaiming his advocacy of individual liberty, Lonegan opposes gay marriage and the federal government's involvement in civil rights for gay people. Booker promulgates equal rights for gays. Equality endangers nobody.

Lonegan opposes federal efforts to monitor the sale of firearms, preferring to maintain the status quo of appallingly lax oversight. One can rhetorically ask how many more massacres will occur in locales such as the Washington Navy Yard and Newtown, Conn. The obvious answer? Many more massacres. The common denominator? The killers were armed with illegally purchased firearms. In the United States, as Obama observed this past Monday in a eulogy to the dozen Navy Yard victims, "The murder rate with guns is 10 times what it is with other developed nations."

Improved monitoring of who sells and who buys firearms isn't liberal or conservative. It's rational. It's Booker's stance.

Unlike Lonegan, Booker supports the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," covering millions of citizens who otherwise don't have medical coverage. Conservative Republicans in Congress, a coterie whom Lonegan hopes to join, will continue funding the federal government contingent on scrapping the Affordable Care Act. Without bipartisan approval of increasing the federal debt ceiling, in early October the federal government could default on everything prefaced with a dollar sign.

Lonegan has dared to stand up for his beliefs regardless of the crowd of New Jerseyans in front of him. But many of Lonegan's stances are anathema to his home-state crowd.

Steve Lonegan had a successful tenure as mayor of Bogota, a Bergen County borough of about 8,200 residents. Cory Booker, however, overcame Sharpe James' corrupt mayoral fiefdom of Newark - New Jersey's largest city with a population of 277,000.

Booker is a Democrat who emphasizes empirically-based pragmatism above the dogmas of decades past.

He's got the disposition needed in the Senate to foster cooperation among Democrats and many Republicans.

For these attributes, The Montclair Times endorses Cory Booker for New Jersey's next U.S. senator.

- See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/opinions/225737351_The_Montclair_Times_Editorial__Cory_Booker_for_U_S__Senate.html?page=all#sthash.rAUghKfk.dpuf
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