FDU connections link U.S. Senate candidates
U.S. Senate candidates Steve Lonegan (left) and Cory Booker (right), speaking at speaking at FDU’s College at Florham. Both featured presenters in the Politics on the PublicMind lecture series, Lonegan spoke on “Putting New Jersey Taxpayers First” on February 13, 2009, while Booker discussed college affordability during his October 1, 2013 visit. (Lonegan photo by W. Scott Giglio; Booker photo by Dan Landau.)
By Dan Landau
Next week, on October 16, 2013, New Jersey will elect a senator to fill the seat vacated by Frank Lautenberg after his passing in June. No matter who wins the election, the winner will have a degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University: Republican Steve Lonegan earned his MBA in marketing in 1982 and Democrat Cory Booker received an honorary doctorate of humane letters in 2012
when he delivered the Commencement address.
Both have visited FDU’s New Jersey campuses to speak, Booker most recently on October 1, 2013
and Lonegan on February 13, 2009
. (Lonegan was also invited to speak at FDU this fall, but was unable to.)
Their mutual FDU connection, however, is one of the few things that Booker and Lonegan have in common. In the spirit of celebrating all things that can bring people together, the University reached out to both candidates with one question: What is the one thing you would like to tell the FDU community?
Booker continued the theme of finding common ground, saying, “I think we need to recognize that the ties that bind us are stronger than what divides us. True greatness brings us together, as opposed to dividing us. That’s what America is about.
“Look what is going on in Washington right now — we have a failure to find compromise. I hope future generations are better at finding common causes and working together.”
Lonegan declined to participate in this story, but he did grant FDU an interview in July, where he talked about his time at FDU as a student
and how FDU prepared him for his careers in business and politics. He also urged students to “get a degree that is going to help you a real job and put you on a path to making a living. Also, enjoy your college years because they are terrific. When you get to be my age, you will wish you could do them again.”