Arlen Specter and the NJ governor's race

Much of the commentary surrounding Sen. Arlen Specter's party switch has centered on the best course for a Republican recovery: does the GOP need to expand its views and be more of a "big tent" party, or is it better off as a purely and strictly conservative movement?

The Record's Charles Stile says that debate is playing out in real time here in New Jersey as moderate Republican Chris Christie battles staunch conservative Steve Lonegan for the GOP gubernatorial nomination.

"Lonegan and Christie are baring the party's soul in bare-knuckled fashion," Stile writes.

Republican don't need a listening tour for their soul-searching, Stile concludes, just come to Jersey.

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