Lonegan on Sandy aid: Yes votes risk voter backlash
Former Bogota Mayor and one-time GOP gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan, who heads the NJ chapter of AFP By Matthew Arco | January 16th, 2013 - 1:32pm
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The list of state officials from both sides of the aisle lobbying for the federal aid for Superstorm Sandy recovery ran long, including Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who cried foul when Congress failed to act on the proposal with enough haste and argued publically that New Jersey’s recovery would be directly linked to federal support.

However, the proposal was not backed by all groups in the state, including the conservative Americans for Prosperity of New Jersey.

“They’re going to have to crank up the printing press,” said Steve Lonegan, state director of AFP-NJ.

“I had a lot of hopes that other congressmen from other states would realize that this is out of control and that we have massive federal debt,” he said. “They’ve lost control.”

Lonegan said he hoped U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J., would be among lawmakers to not sign onto the proposal, saying “the consequences on those who voted for it” is going to hinge on voters’ memories moving forward.

“It’s hard to judge,” he said, referring to whether there will be backlash among conservative voters against lawmakers who supported the proposal in the state.

“We have just let big government run rampant,” he said.

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