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LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) -- The Democrat running for governor took her campaign to a homeless encampment near the Jersey shore.

Sen. Barbara Buono visited Lakewood's tent city on Thursday afternoon. She spent more than an hour talking with residents of the encampment, which is located in the woods off Route 9.

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