Christie rejects Dems' call to rescind support for Lonegan
Credit: Tim Larsen, Governor's Office File Photo
By Matthew Arco | August 28th, 2013 - 4:14pm
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SEA BRIGHT – Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t weigh in on “every utterance” spoken by the Republican U.S. Senate hopeful he recently endorsed.

The governor rejected the position taken by Democratic lawmakers – including his Democratic gubernatorial challenger state Sen. Barbara Buono – that he should rescind his support of Steve Lonegan. Christie responded to statements calling on him to rescind his support for the Republican U.S. Senate hopeful.

“Sen. [Ray] Lesniak should just go home and tend to his own business and not worry about who I’m supporting and what I’m doing,” Christie said at a Wednesday news conference in Sea Bright to promote Jersey Shore businesses.

Prior to the news conference, Lesniak, a longtime supporter of gay rights in the Garden State, issued a statement calling for Christie to rescind his support. Lesniak’s statement was followed by a similar one issued by Buono’s campaign.

“The fact of the matter is everybody in the world knows, as I’ve said it before, that Steve Lonegan and I don’t agree about every issue, and I certainly won’t agree with every utterance that comes out of his mouth,” Christie said. “What we do is we have an agreement on a core group of issues.”

The governor went on to say Lesniak was simply seeking media attention, adding, “And Sen. Buono is just looking to get attention for anything.”

Lesniak issued the statement following Lonegan’s comments calling Cory Booker’s statements about the Newark mayor’s sexuality “weird” and proclaiming that “as a guy, I like being a guy.”

Booker had started people talking this week with comments made to the Washington Post that he enjoys speculation over his sexuality.

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