New Jersey politicos say the Internet’s reached a new phase in campaigning

Wondering if the importance of the web to the 2004 campaigns was just more media hoopla?
In this local news story, the politicos of New Jersey say the web has launched them into a new phase in campaigning.
“Political Web sites have become a real tool for democracy because they allow even not-so-well funded candidates to communicate their message with a vast number of voters.”
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“This is becoming a new way to contact the voters. It’s relatively inexpensive as compared to other types of advertising It’s a new phase in campaigning.”