The special election to win the seat vacated by the late Senator Frank Lautenberg is a couple of weeks away.

It’s no surprise that Newark Mayor Cory Booker (he of the late night mannie peddies and stripper admirer) is leading in the race, but what is surprising is that the lead is tightening.

Going into the race, most though the race was a lay-up for Booker. After all, he’s a “Rock Star” if I’m quoting Oprah Winfrey correctly. (Or did she say that about the current occupant of the White House.)

Anyway, as for his challenger, Steve Lonegan hasn’t seen a race he didn’t enter – and lose. Hence the name, Steve “LoseAgain!”

Shame. Were it not for his acerbic personality and penchant to jump at any chance to stir the pot, he might make this race one to watch.
(Or then again, maybe that’s what the state needs in the Senate – someone who’s willing to stir the pot.)

According to this:

Democrat Cory Booker holds a 13-point lead over Republican Steve Lonegan, according to a new Monmouth University poll. Booker’s lead was 16 points in June and August.

“While Cory Booker’s lead is relatively sizable, many voters have doubts about his motives in seeking this seat,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

When asked about Booker’s main reason for participating in the election, most voters (45 percent) said Booker is more interested in gaining the national spotlight. Thirty-five percent said Booker is mostly focused on serving New Jersey.

Booker’s favorable rating among voters declined seven points since June, with 54 percent of likely voters offering a positive opinion of Newark’s mayor. His unfavorable rating jumped to 28 percent, up 13 points since June.

“It’s possible that Steve Lonegan’s attacks have caused many voters to reconsider their opinion of Booker, even if they don’t change their vote,” Murray said.

Voter awareness has increased for Lonegan over the past few months. His favorable rating has held fairly steady, between 31 and 35 percent, while his unfavorable rating increased by eight points. Thirty-six percent of voters said they know a great deal about where Lonegan stands on the issues that are important to them.

According to Murray, the October 16 election may end up producing the lowest turnout ever for a statewide race that includes a U.S. Senate seat at the top of the ticket.

If given the choice of voting in only one election – the special Senate race or the gubernatorial race in November – 29 percent of voters said they would head to the polls to decide New Jersey’s next Senator.

Interesting – so most New Jerseyans think either election is a lay-up.

Which they are, really!

So given the “fact” that if you were to vote in only one election – that being the Senatorial race – which candidate for Senate would get your vote?

Would it be, the "chrome dome" who is admired by @LyndaLee and allegedly has the image of a "tax and spend" liberal; or his challenger, he of the bad hair piece, who reportedly likes a "good cigar and a glass of scotch"; and is, by all accounts, an avid tea-partier?

Not that there's anything wrong with that! (Tee-hee!)