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MONTCLAIR, N.J. (AP) - The three other candidates for U.S. Senate in New Jersey have finally confronted the special election front runner in a debate.

But their answers in a 90-minute debate Monday showed many similarities in policy views among Newark Mayor Cory Booker and the other candidates, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver and U.S. Reps. Rush Holt and Frank Pallone.

The two Congressmen criticized Booker for supporting vouchers to send children to private schools, saying they drain money from the public education system. But Booker defended providing more opportunities for children and noted that Holt and Pallone had both voted for a similar program for Washington, D.C.

The parties will pick their candidates on Aug. 13 to run in the Oct. 16 special election to complete the term of the late Frank Lautenberg.

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