Three Democrats seeking their party's nomination in a special U.S. Senate race stepped up their criticism of a fourth candidate and the front runner, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, in the final debate before next week's primary election day.
During the debate at WBGO-FM studio in Newark, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone said Booker spends too much time outside his city giving speeches and is too closely tied to Wall Street donors.
State Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver said Booker was too focused on Newark issues.
U.S. Rep. Rush Holt criticized Booker's entire approach.
Booker ignored some of the barbs, and even went out of his way to compliment his opponents as good leaders.
Primary voting is Tuesday.
Alieta Eck and Steve Lonegan are seeking the Republican nomination to run in the Oct. 16 general election.