Sarah Palin returned to the national stage over the weekend at a pair of public events highlighting the tea party's fight against President Barack Obama.

On Saturday, Palin and her Tea Party Express bus rolled into New Jersey to stump for Steve Lonegan, the Republican Senate candidate running against Newark Mayor Cory Booker in Wednesday's special election to fill the seat vacated by Sen. Frank Lautenburg's death in June.

A poll released last week by Quinnipiac University showed Booker's lead over Lonegan — which was 28 points in August — has been cut to 12. According to the New York Times, Lonegan, a former mayor of Bogota, N.J., has surged "by framing the election as a referendum on Mr. Booker’s celebrity."

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