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With just over a week to go until the Democratic primary for the special election to fill New Jersey’s open U.S. Senate seat, Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) is going on the offensive against the overwhelming frontrunner, Newark mayor Cory Booker.

In a new ad, which will air in the New York and Philadelphia media markets, Holt plays up his academic background and slams Booker as “no progressive.”

“We need to pass a carbon tax to stop climate change, break up the Wall Street banks, and stop the government spying on innocent Americans. Cory Booker doesn’t support any of these ideas,” Holt notes in the ad.

In addition to knocking Booker’s liberal bona fides, Holt criticized Booker’s aggressive media strategy — echoing a charge leveled by the Lautenberg family when they endorsed U.S. Representative Frank Pallone (D-NJ) in the primary.

“There’s no question that Cory Booker has name recognition,” Congressman Holt told the Wall Street Journal. “But liking someone on Facbeook isn’t the same as choosing someone to deal with treaties and Supreme Court justices.”

Holt’s aggressive turn may be too little, too late. Booker currently holds a massive lead in the polls, which appears insurmountable with just eight days before the primary. If Booker wins the Democratic nomination, then he is expected to easily win the general election against his likely Republican opponent, former Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos

The Department of Justice had the kind of pro-police reform week that doesn't happen every year. In a seven-day period, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced a ban on chokeholds and no-knock warrants, an overhaul on how to handle law enforcement oversight deals, and a promise to make sure the Justice Department wasn't funding agencies that engage in racial discrimination.

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