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Sarah Palin to Stump for Lonegan in N.J.

Sarah Palin to Stump for Lonegan in N.J.

By Scott Conroy - October 10, 2013

With the New Jersey special Senate election just days away, Republican Steve Lonegan is calling in the big guns to support his long-shot bid to upset Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will campaign with Lonegan on Saturday at the New Egypt Speedway in the central part of the state.

"I am honored to have Governor Palin join us for the largest grass-roots campaign event in New Jersey history," Lonegan said in a statement.

The businessman and former mayor of Bogota, N.J., referred to Palin as a “great conservative leader” and added that she “should have been the Vice President.”

The 2008 VP nominee and Tea Party favorite endorsed Lonegan last week in the special election, which will be held Oct. 16.

Saturday will mark Palin’s first foray back onto the campaign trail this year.

Booker holds a 15-point lead over Lonegan, according to the latest RealClearPolitics polling average, but the Democrat’s advantage in the race has narrowed recently.

The rally on Saturday is being held in conjunction with the Tea Party Express; conservative radio host Mark Levin is also slated to attend.

In campaigning with the two high-profile Tea Party figures, Lonegan is aiming to draw additional attention to his campaign against Booker, while also galvanizing the conservative base in the deep-blue state for what is expected to be a low-turnout special election. 

Scott Conroy is a national political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at sconroy@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearScott.

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