N.J. Senate Race: For First Time, NSA Surveillance Is Major Election Issue

Senate contestants lay out positions ahead of Tuesday vote.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Rep. Rush Holt, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver and Rep. Frank Pallone debate at Montclair State University, Aug. 5, 2013.

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Lonegan told U.S. News he plans to make sure NSA surveillance is "the singular biggest issue in the election."

"This election is about individual liberty," he said. "I really, truly believe that our individual liberties are under assault by this administration as never before."

Booker, he says, "is as vague as they come" on important issues.

"He's tweeting Winnie the Pooh. All this hugs and kisses stuff, it verges on silly," Lonegan said, foreshadowing a likely general election attack. "Congressman Holt," he conceded, "as much as he is a far-left liberal extremist, he does have a good position on the NSA."

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