EDISON - New Jersey voters have chosen the two candidates who will compete for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the passing of Frank Lautenberg.

Voters will head back to the polls in two months to elect either Republican Steven Lonegan or Democrat Cory Booker.

"We're going to talk about the issues that are harming the economy and our individual liberty," Lonegan says. "I'm going to talk about these issues and I'm not going to back off the conservative issues that New Jersey needs."

In his acceptance speech, Democrat Cory Booker also made bold promises and stood his ground against Lonegan. "He wants to be a flame thrower, I want to be a bridge builder," Booker says. "But don't get me wrong, I cut my teeth here in Newark."

Experts believe that much like the primary, Booker will start with a big polling lead.

Seton Hall professor Jo Renee Formicola says Booker has some distinct advantages. "Booker has started so early,” she says. “He's got so much name recognition, he's got organization, he's got resources, he's got money, he's got Oprah!"

Formicola says Lonegan faces an uphill battle. "Lonegan has to dig deep, and at this point, the only place he can go is to the conservatives in the Republican Party and the tea party," he says.

The special general election date for U.S. Senate is Wednesday, Oct. 16.