Lonegan enters race for Republican gubernatorial nomination

Lonegan enters race for Republican gubernatorial nomination
Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, the leader of New Jersey's conservative movement, announced today that he would seek the Republican nomination for Governor in 2009.

EDISON – Standing in front of about 50 supporters and members of the press, former Bogota Mayor and anti-tax advocate Steve Lonegan formally announced his candidacy for governor next year as an uncompromising conservative determined to reduce the size of state government.

“New Jersey was built on that fundamental belief – the belief is individual freedom, defending liberty and letting every individual fulfill their potential,” Lonegan said. “Over the last decades, we’ve seen that philosophy undermined -- undermined by a growth of government that has accelerated the entitlement state and reliance not on opportunity, but on government handouts.”

Lonegan characterized himself as merely the spokesman for a wider movement to roll back what he sees as increased government interference in economic affairs, and said he his executive experience as a former small business owner and mayor of the small town of Bogota especially qualified him to head it. Lonegan used his blue collar roots to lament that the New Jersey middle-class, saddled with high taxes, are struggling to survive economically.

If elected, Lonegan pledged to reduce the size of state government by 20 percent through layoffs, eliminating programs and “devolving government from Trenton to local municipalities.”

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Team Lonegan

Team Lonegan
Hank Butehorn will chair Steve Lonegan's campaign for the GOP nomination for Governor.

Political observers will see a mix of old and new faces on Steve Lonegan’s gubernatorial campaign team.

Veteran conservative operative and long-time Lonegan ally Rick Shaftan is the campaign consultant, while Hank Butehorn, an attorney who moonlights as a conservative blogger and activist, is serving as the campaign’s Statewide Chairman.

The newest face is Eugene Slaven, a 28-year-old Massachusetts native who will be Lonegan’s campaign manager. Slaven worked as a program manager for the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation in Washington, DC. This is the first campaign he’s managed.

The responsibility of raising $340,000 in donations to qualify for matching funds falls to Nathan Brinkman, 32, a co-founder the Hoboken Republican Club.

Craig O’Brien, a recent college graduate, will be the campaign’s field director. His mother, Maureen O’Brien, just won a seat on the Paramus Borough Council.

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County official remembers Crabiel as 'great public servant'

 

Middlesex County just issued a statement regarding the death today of Freeholder Director David Crabiel. 


According to County Administrator John A. Pulomena, Mr. Crabiel died at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick at approximately 12 noon. At the request of his family, no further information is being made available at this time, and funeral arrangements will be announced by the family, Pulomena added.

Deputy Director Stephen J. Dalina said, “We are all shocked and saddened by the news of Dave’s passing. He was a great public servant whose first and foremost passion was the interest of the citizens of Middlesex County." 

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Spicuzzo mourns 'Mr. Middlesex'

Middlesex County Democratic Party Chairman Joseph Spicuzzo knew the late Freeholder Director David Crabiel going back to when Spicuzzo became mayor of Spotswood in 1976.

“The taxpayers lost a true friend today,” Spicuzzo told PolitickerNJ.com.

“He first of all had the taxpayers in mind whenever he made a decision,” Spicuzzo added of the 27-year freeholder veteran who died today at age 78. “He ran Middlesex County government like a fine-toothed machine. He was Mr. Middlesex.”

The county will be issuing a statement shortly, according to the Office of the Administrator.

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David Crabiel, longtime Middlesex Freeholder, dead at 78

David Crabiel, longtime Middlesex Freeholder, dead at 78
Middlesex County Freeholder Director David Crabiel died today. He was 78.

David B. Crabiel, a Middlesex County Freeholder for 27 of the last thirty years, passed away earlier today.  Since the indictment and criminal conviction of former Senate President John Lynch, Crabiel has been the most powerful figure in Middlesex County politics.

He was 78.

The brother of J. Edward Crabiel, who served as a State Senator and as New Jersey Secretary of State, David Crabiel has held public office since 1960, when he was elected to the Milltown Borough Council.  He spent 19 years in local government, including eleven as Mayor. 

Crabiel was elected to the Board of Freeholders in 1978 and served until his defeat in the 1991 Republican landslide.  He was again elected in 1993, and has been the Freeholder Director since 1998.

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Ariyan mum on BCDO chairmanship prospects

Ariyan mum on BCDO chairmanship prospects
Joseph Aryan, a former State Senate candidate, says he's not interested in running for Bergen County Democratic Chairman.

*CORRECTION

PolitickerNJ misread Ariyan's statement, and misreported that Ariyan was not interested in the position. Ariyan did not take his name out of the running, but merey refused to speculate about a run until there is a vacancy.

PolitickerNJ regrets the error.

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Attorney Joe Ariyan has taken his name out of the running for Bergen County Democratic Chairman.

Ariyan, who unsuccessfully challenged state Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-Demarest) last year as the Bergen County Democratic Organization’s candidate, was mentioned in Charlie Stile’s column this weekend as a possible successor to indicted chairman Joe Ferriero.

“In recent weeks, I have been contacted by several elected officials from Bergen County as well as members of the County Committee encouraging me to pursue the Chairmanship of the Bergen County Democratic Organization,” said Ariyan in a statement. “To each, my response has been the same - which is that there is simply no vacancy for the position. Until and unless a convention is held or Chairman Ferriero resigns his post, any speculation is premature and merely political fodder."

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Lonegan to kick off his second gubernatorial campaign today

Lonegan to kick off his second gubernatorial campaign today
Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan will announce today that he'll seek the Republican nomination for Governor.

Conservative activist Steve Lonegan will formally announce his gubernatorial candidacy this afternoon.

Lonegan, the 52-year-old former mayor of Bogota, will kickoff his 2009 campaign at the Courtyard Marriot in Edison at 1:00pm, according to his Web site.

This will be Lonegan’s second try for his party’s nomination. In 2005, he won eight percent of the vote in the Republican primary, coming in fourth out of seven candidates. But since then he's developed a higher statewide profile, authoring a book and heading the anti-tax group Americans for Prosperity.

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The Back Room

Conservative group slams Christie in TV ad

As Gov. Chris Christie's heads to New Hampshire tomorrow, a conservative group wants to welcome him with a television commercial critical of his record on judicial nominations.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 30th

  With looming deadline on bail reform, Christie calls Legislature into special session TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie is calling the legislature into special session Thursday to address recent bail reform legislation before a looming deadline next week, according to a letter from the governor’s office today. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)...

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"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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