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. (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. 

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

The Bayonne Board of Education voted Wednesday evening 1 Nearly 300 Bayonne School District employees, including teachers, laid off
Bayonne layoffs 2 Bayonne layoffs
Students walked out of their classrooms Thursday morning 3 Nearly 300 Bayonne School District employees laid off; students walk out
Ruben Mondalto was able to wander away from 4 Toddler wanders away from Sayreville day care
Students walked out of their classrooms Thursday morning 5 Students walk out after Bayonne School District lays off nearly 300 employees

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE