NEWARK - A lone televised encounter between Mayor Cory Booker and challenger Clifford Minor almost turns into an invisible event as no memorable moment sparks exchanges diffused by the presence of four candidates.
The rivals mingle in the television studio here at Cablevision headquarters in downtown Newark for the debate co-sponsored by the network and WBGO among Booker and Minor, Yvonne Garrett Moore and Mirna White.
There's no big drumroll for Minor versus Booker as White, and especially Moore, prove equal air time interlocutors, thereby weakening Minor's ability to dig in toe to toe with an incumbent who to this point has essentially ignored him.
Pre-live show, Minor sits in a chair in the sound proof room when Booker arrives with campaign manager Pablo Fonseca.
"Hey, Cliff, how are you doing, buddy?" asks Fonseca.
Last week, Minor told reporters that the campaign manager and former Booker chief-of-staff is a danger to Newark.
Cordiality abides here.
Now the two principals grasp hands and embrace as clumps of media types flash bulb them at close range.
Booker jumps into a barbershop chair and a makeup artist goes to work on him.
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