Steve Lonegan

Gilmore’s Delicate Balancing Act and the Lonegan Factor in CD3

 Gilmore’s Delicate Balancing Act and the Lonegan Factor in CD3

It’s a developing situation right now in CD3 and once again Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore finds himself gingerly handling nitroglycerine objects otherwise known as congressional candidates, one of them named former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan requiring particularly delicate care.

Watching with gritted teeth - and fearing more for its own safety than Gilmore’s –is Burlington County, one half of the 3rd District, where organization Republicans favor former Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur to run for the seat being vacated by a retiring U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-3).

A nice man, by general acclimation in Burlington – and Ocean, for that matter – businessman MacArthur offers a singular overriding enticement for Republicans looking to fend off Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard and secure Runyan’s seat: money.

Already on record vehemently opposing failed 2013 U.S. Senate candidate/movement conservative leader Lonegan, Burlington wants Gilmore to drop the hammer on him. But expungement is not Gilmore’s plan, say sources, as his county committee looks to a Saturday screening of 15 candidates, including rivals Lonegan and MacArthur.

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Lonegan gets in CD3 contest, but says he's not looking to fight the county organizations

Lonegan gets in CD3 contest, but says he's not looking to fight the county organizations

TOMS RIVER - Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan this afternoon declared his candidacy for Congress in the 3rd District with broadsides against Obamacare, U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi and the liberal media, and projections of Ronald Reagan on a screen in front of a packed room in the Toms River Hotel.

But he did leave himself some wiggle room at the end of it all when PolitickerNJ.com asked him if he's in this campaign until Election Night 2014 regardless of what the two GOP Party organizations do early next month.

"I don't feel like running a primary against two organizations," said the movement conservative, last year's GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate who lost by 11 points to Cory Booker in a lusty effort.

Right now, one of those organizations - Burlington - doesn't mind bashing Lonegan as an unacceptable alternative to fill the seat vacated by retiring U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-3).

Early, the Burlington GOP likes former Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur, so its emissaries don't mind smothering Lonegan on Reagan's birthday.

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Fight of the Week: Christie versus the Libertarian wing of the GOP

Fight of the Week: Christie versus the Libertarian wing of the GOP

The Set-Up

The combative Republican governor of New Jersey stood on a stage earlier this year and told the U.S. Senator from Kentucky that the reason Republicans lose elections is because of Tea Party Libertarian extremists like Paul.

A conflagration ensued, and experts looking at the 2016 presidential contest identified Christie and Paul as the leading contenders for Republican Party Primary love.

In that kind of environment, every election becomes a testing ground.

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Christie bear hugs victorious Booker the day after the U.S. Senate Election

Christie bear hugs victorious Booker the day after the U.S. Senate Election

NEWARK - It's a big tent party, even big enough to include Republicans - or Democrats - depending on who's inside.

In this case it was Gov. Chris Christie, Essex County Executive Joe DiVIncenzo and Senator-elect Cory Booker, all throwing hearty hugs on one another in a blow-up tent on a vacant lot, a day after Booker beat Tea Party Republican Steve Lonegan.

There were football jokes. 

Christie's a Cowboys fan; Booker likes the New York Giants.

"I'm happy for the mayor and his victory," said Christie. "It was the first win the Giants had all year. Little did Tom Coughlin know he'd have to rely on a washed-up tight end from Stanford. Desperate times call for desperate measures, eh Cory?"

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Sette says he did 50,000 robocalls in Morris County for Lonegan yesterday; likes momentum

Sette says he did 50,000 robocalls in Morris County for Lonegan yesterday; likes momentum

For John Sette, veteran chairman of the Morris County Republican Party, it comes down to one word.

Momentum.

He sees GOP energy for underdog Republican candidate Steve Lonegan in his sprawling suburban county, where the establishment Republican has had to ride the bucking bronco of Tea Party rebellion and now feels only too happy to harness some of that internal combustion behind Lonegan.

And Sette sees it elsewhere.

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VIDEO: The Scene on the Morristown Green

VIDEO: The Scene on the Morristown Green

Republican candidate Steve Lonegan faced his supporters on the Morristown Green last night before today's special election for the United States Senate.

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Lonegan doubles down on 'bodies floating in the Passaic River,' vows victory tomorrow

Lonegan doubles down on 'bodies floating in the Passaic River,' vows victory tomorrow

MORRISTOWN – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan led an election eve rally at the green here, vowing to defeat Newark Mayor Cory Booker in a resounding win for America and the ideas furnished by the country’s founding fathers.

“The things we stand for are the values and principles of our ancestors, our neighbors, our friends, the people who go to work every day… going to the shooting ranges on Saturday, church on Sunday and work on Monday,” said Lonegan, who staunchly backs the Tea Party-led shutdown of the federal government.

“The nation tomorrow night will be rocked,” he added, vowing to paint in bold colors, not pale pastels.

The crowd of a couple hundred people loved it, sporting straw hats with “Lonegan” printed front and back and waving and shaking signs in support of the candidate.

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VIDEO: Booker on tomorrow's election

VIDEO: Booker on tomorrow's election
Among those campaigning with Booker in the East Ward this afternoon was Newark North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos, right, a candidate for mayor.

NEWARK - U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker campaigns in the Ironbound section of Newark.

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FDU: Lack of engagement by moderate GOP could be a problem for Lonegan

FDU: Lack of engagement by moderate GOP could be a problem for Lonegan

Higher turnout won’t help the two candidates equally in tomorrow's U.S. Senate special election, according to this morning's Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll of registered voters

The poll acknowledges difficulty in estimating turnout due to the historic nature of the election and its unique timing on a Wednesday in October — three weeks before a gubernatorial election. But responses to certain survey questions suggest that turnout is likely to be light, with only 77 percent of registered voters even knowing that elections are coming up, and only 64 percent knowing about a Senate election. Only a third (34 percent) of registered New Jersey voters can name both candidates in the Senate election without prompting, and just 57 percent know that Booker, considered a political celebrity, is in the race. Low turnout generally means that independent voters stay home – and Republican candidates in New Jersey need independent voters to overcome Democrats’ advantage in raw numbers.

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Eck versus Lonegan

Below is a letter I sent to The Record about its profile of Steve Lonegan on August 6.

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The Back Room

National progressive group backs Watson Coleman in CD12

The Progressive Democrats of America Co-Founder and National Director Tim Carpenter and State Chair Mary Ellen Marino today endorsed Bonnie Watson Coleman for the Democratic nomination in the 12thCongressional District.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 24, 2014

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