By Max Pizarro | March 12th, 2014 - 3:22pm
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CD3: Lonegan insists his numbers prove he puts the GOP's 'best foot forward'

Steve Lonegan said the early celebrating among Democrats over his strong polling position in the CD3 Primary is a joke –considering his district performance in the U.S. Senate election last year against Cory Booker.

Lonegan’s allies are likewise buoyed by last night’s results in the Florida 13 special election where David Jolly defeated Alex Sink 48.4 percent to 46.5 percent.  

Florida’s 13th district is rated as R+1 and President Barack Obama won in 2008 and 2012. CD3 is also rated an R+1, which Obama won with 51% of the vote in 2012.

Lonegan said he drilled Booker last year in the District.

“I won this district 54-46 where I was outspent eight to one,” said the former mayor of Bogota, who’s competing in CD3 to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-3).

“Republicans are going to want to put their best foot forward – that’s me,” added the candidate, whose movement conservative views have establishment Republicans very jittery and hoping to secure March 19th convention support for Tom MacArthur, the former mayor of Randolph.

“Cory Booker is the third most popular Democrat superstar in the country after Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and I still beat him,” Lonegan said. “Who are they going to put up who’s better than Booker?”

Democrats have positioned Burlington county Freeholder Aimee Belgard for the job.

The Back Room

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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, a Hudson County Democrat, is balking. He claimed Tuesday that members of his caucus are divided over the measure and that his house is in no real rush – besides, even if enacted this year, the reforms would not take effect until 2017, he said. And with the growing belief that Christie could skip town to run for president, some Democrats are not eager to give him another talking point for his résumé. Christie’s plans to stump for Republican candidates in New Hampshire later Thursday only fuel that suspicion." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record


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