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Byline: Tom Turcol and Suzette Parmley
With Democrat Jon S. Corzine's $60 million spending spree still dominating the race, Corzine and his Republican U.S. Senate opponent in New Jersey, Rep. Robert D. Franks, campaigned at a frenetic pace this weekend to galvanize their core supporters and sway late-deciding swing voters.
Both candidates campaigned from dawn to well into the night, with Corzine spending his time in urban centers and blue-collar Democratic strongholds in Camden, Hudson and Essex Counties, while Franks worked the middle-class, Republican-leaning stretch along the Jersey Shore from Cape May to Long Branch.
Corzine, a retired Wall Street financier worth an estimated $400 million, walked door to door in poor Camden neighborhoods and courted African Americans, Latinos and unionists at gatherings in diners and labor halls.
At every stop, Corzine pledged to be an advocate for working-class concerns such as health care, education and prescription drugs for the elderly. He vowed to fight for urban-renewal programs to help rebuild cities.