Senate candidates Cory Booker and Steve Lonegan weigh in on Syrian crisis

Garden State politicians say they are wary of military strikes in Syria, saying President Barack Obama must make a stronger case before they'll sign on.

Garden State politicians say they are wary of military strikes in Syria, saying President Barack Obama must make a stronger case before they'll sign on.

Garden State politicians say they are wary of military strikes in Syria, saying President Barack Obama must make a stronger case before they'll sign on. (9/2/13)

EDISON - Garden State politicians say they are wary of military strikes in Syria, saying President Barack Obama must make a stronger case before they'll sign on.

In particular, the two men vying for New Jersey's open Senate seat are both cool to the idea.

"There’s got to be a high bar that's met," says Cory Booker, "and I think that the president's going to do that over the coming days."

His opponent, Steve Lonegan, says he’s opposed to strikes in Syria. “I believe America going without a military, strategic plan and a specific outcome to go into Syria, what's called 'punitive bombing', is actually more destructive," Lonegan says.

France released an intelligence estimate Monday claiming Syria's regime launched a "massive use of chemical agents" on its own people.

Syria President Bashar al-Assad demanded the U.S. and France show proof of such attacks

New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone said he has not yet seen convincing proof that airstrikes are needed in Syria, but he's open to the possibility.

For extended reaction to the Syrian crisis, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612. 

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