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On the first full day of the U.S. Senate primary campaign, Rep. Frank Pallone jabbed his chief opponent by tying him to the frontrunner in the fall's other statewide election.
"One of the criticisms I have of Cory Booker is he has this very close relationship with Gov. Christie and it hasn't resulted in anything positive, in my opinion," Pallone said, speaking on WNYC's Brian Lehrer show this morning.
Pallone, who defines himself as a progressive Democrat, said the Newark mayor ought to lobby Christie on behalf of progressive causes.
"I don't quite understand why Cory Booker is so close to the governor and isn't actually trying to push him toward things like passing the minimum wage and marriage equality," Pallone said.
The 13-term congressman said he's agreed not to go negative in the campaign, but he said he won't shy away from drawing contrasts between himself and his opponents.
Pallone mostly stuck to substance in his interview with Lehrer. In addition to voicing his support for raising the minimum wage, Pallone also touched on a number of issues of importance to the business community.
Listen to the full interview at WNYC.org.