Steve Lonegan

Booker backs up Monmouth Democratic Freeholder candidates at Wall Twp. fundraiser

Booker backs up Monmouth Democratic Freeholder candidates at Wall Twp. fundraiser

WALL TOWNSHIP - More than two hundred people came out to the Wall Township backyard of Gary and Linda Faraci on Gully Road to support the candidacies of Monmouth Democratic Freeholder candidates Giuseppe "Joe" Grillo and Larry Luttrell on Friday night.

Flanked by blooming flower beds, focused political allies and a posse of squawking chickens, the Monmouth Democratic ticket's most prominent supporter spoke out for Grillo and Luttrell.

"People are here because you believe in the leadership of two really fine men, and you believe in the idea that democracy is not a spectator sport," said U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), who is at the top of the statewide Democratic ticket in November as he seeks a full six-year term. "It is a full-contact participatory endeavor. You have to be able to pay it forward through your contributions, your involvement, your activism and your sacrifice."

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Bergen County Exec's race: Bergen GOP chair Yudin slams Booker's backing of Tedesco, calls Booker "total failure" as Newark's mayor

Bergen County Exec's race: Bergen GOP chair Yudin slams Booker's backing of Tedesco, calls Booker "total failure" as Newark's mayor

HACKENSACK - The day after Bergen County native U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) strongly reiterated his support for Democratic Bergen County Freeholder Jim Tedesco's bid to unseat Republican incumbent Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan in November, Bergen Republican Chairman Bob Yudin verbally slashed Booker, calling the senator's endorsement of Tedesco "meaningless" based on his assessment of a critical component of Booker's resume. 

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Palin endorses Lonegan in CD 3 GOP primary battle

Palin endorses Lonegan in CD 3 GOP primary battle

LAVALLETTE - Former Alaska Governor and Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin announced on Tuesday that she endorsed Steve Lonegan's bid to be the GOP's candidate in New Jersey's Third Congressional District. 

"Steve is the type of conservative leader we need," said Palin, who served as Alaska's governor from 2006 to 2009 and was the GOP's vice-presidential candidate in a losing 2008 effort against the Democrats, in a written statement. "He believes in the free market principles this country was founded on because he has seen first hand how they can lead to success. In Washington, he will be a dedicated fighter for lower taxes, balanced budgets, and lessening the burdens of regulations on small businesses." 

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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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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)...

Op-Ed

The health of New Jersey's women is not Chris Christie's priority

By Linda Stender At his most recent town hall, Gov. Chris Christie accused his predecessors of "monkeying with the math" when it comes to their handling of our state's economy. But as the old saying goes, when the governor points a finger, he... Read More >

Contributors

(7-30-14) Who Is Best Equipped to Decide the Fate of the Common Core? - The latest Christie controversy surrounds his Executive Order to revamp the state’s academic... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »
The Perry-Paul Debate is Healthy for the GOP – and for America  The foreign policy debate in the media between prospective GOP Presidential candidates Texas Governor Rick Perry and... more »
(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just... more »

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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