WHIPPANY – There’s a tornado outside and GOP strategist Rick Shaftan is loving life.
His candidate for U.S. Senate just headed out of here on Route 10 to another event in a heavy downpour of criticism of the campaign of Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who this morning sustained a barrage of headlines about a race closer than most expected.
He’s up by 12 points – but that’s against a candidate who’s bragging about the support of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
“It’s going as we wanted it to, but we never believed Cory Booker would be so arrogant,” said Shaftan. “As Steve said, now he is finding out what a real street fight is.”
Booker came to indie film prominence as a star of a movie about his 2002 mayoral campaign called “Street Fight.”
Shaftan was happy with Lonegan’s debate performance.
“That’s an understatement,” he said. “Steve was himself. He had all these people saying ‘you should do this, you should do this,’ and I told him, ‘Just be yourself. Be whatever you feel; follow your instincts.’ I’m not going to shave the sideburns off Elvis and get rid of his blue suede shoes.
“Steve’s changing the Republican Party the way Elvis changed rock and roll,” he cracked. “I’m honored to be one of the guys carrying the instruments for the band.”
PolitickerNJ.com asked Shaftan who was going to be the next movement conservative star to next endorse the GOP candidate.
“I don’t know yet,” he said. “These things happen so fast. All I can tell you is this is going extremely well. Everything’s going perfectly. People see what’s happening to this country and they don’t want it to continue. Steve expresses what they feel and think better than anyone.”
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