New Jersey's two U.S. Senate hopefuls preached past each other to their respective choirs Tuesday at the second and final debate before the October 16 special election.
While the hour-long brawl at Rowan University seems unlikely to move many if any of the handful of "undecided" voters aware of next Wednesday's contest, I'd say the ice-veined (if verging on unhinged) fury of rising Republican challenger Steve Lonegan's performance topped the gee-whiz wonkitude and "let's work together" platitudes ceaselessly served up by semi-fading front-runner Cory Booker.
The ferocious fracas was great entertainment: Something like a mixed martial arts version of Real Housewives of New Jersey, without the facelifts.
Lonegan barely stopped boiling, and Booker rarely lost his cool. Lonegan tossed grenades, which Booker (mostly) ducked with a display of earnest incredulousness that in theatrical terms was no match for Lonegan's reactionary righteousness - but did prove the liberal Newark mayor posesses a hide every bit as thick as that belonging to the conservative former suburban mayor.