UPDATE: 9/13/13 12:43 PM CDT
CLARK, N.J. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Rand Paul highlighted a rally for New Jersey U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan.
Paul told a crowd of about 200 Friday afternoon that Lonegan will uphold the conservative libertarian principles they both share.
Paul says Lonegan will help shrink the size of government, oppose government surveillance and continue his opposition to military intervention in Syria.
Paul is urging New Jersey Republicans to help expand the party and get more people to the polls on Oct. 16.
Paul says new people are key to building a Republican party that wins in New Jersey and around the country.
Paul slammed Lonegan's Democratic challenger, Newark Mayor Cory Booker.
Paul says Booker has done little to help Newark and is too liberal.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is coming to New Jersey.
Paul will campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan Friday afternoon in Clark. But there will be one noticeable absence — Gov. Chris Christie.
Christie and Paul have spent the past few weeks in a verbal spat.
The two tangled over government surveillance and government spending.
The conservative Lonegan is an unlikely proxy for them both. He is more ideologically aligned with the libertarian Paul than moderate Christie.
Paul says he supports Lonegan because he opposes intervention in Syria and "overzealous government surveillance."
Paul blasted Lonegan's Democratic rival, Newark Mayor Cory Booker.
Paul says Booker will raise taxes and increase regulations.
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