Steve Lonegan

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Steve Lonegan
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Candidate for
U.S. House, New Jersey, District 3
PartyRepublican
Education
Bachelor'sWilliam Paterson College
Master'sFairleigh Dickinson University
Personal
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Campaign website
Steve Lonegan was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of New Jersey.[1] He was defeated by Tom MacArthur in the Republican primary on June 3, 2014.

Lonegan was a 2013 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. Senate from New Jersey.[2] He defeated challenger Alieta Eck in the Republican primary on August 13, 2013.[3] He was defeated in the general election on October 16, 2013.[4]

Lonegan is the former mayor of Bogota.[2] He previously ran for governor in 2009. He lost in a Republican primary to Gov. Chris Christie.[2]

Biography

Lonegan graduated from William Paterson College with a B.A. in business administration, and then went on to earn his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Lonegan became the state director for the New Jersey chapter of Americans for Prosperity in 2006.[5]

Issues

Government shutdown

Lonegan told reporters in an interview on October 3, 2013, that the inconvenience of a federal government shutdown would be worth the trouble if it could derail Obamacare.[6]

"If some people are inconvenienced by the shutdown of the federal government in order to drive this issue, to drive this debate, to stop the implementation of this health care system before it causes more problems, then that's a battle we need to have now. I would be holding the line on it until we can make that happen," Lonegan said.[6]

Relief for Hurricane Sandy

In an interview on UP with Steve Kornacki, Lonegan called federal relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy, the superstorm that devastated the Jersey Shore in October 2012, “over the top.”[7]

“I disagreed with Governor Christie and President Obama on Hurricane Sandy funding,” he told MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki on August 24, 2013. “I thought it was just too much money.” Lonegan said he was concerned that there weren’t enough safeguards to ensure money went to homeowners instead of government programs, saying “There’s all kinds of pork barrel spending in that bill.”[7]

Lonegan also said he would support shutting down the government in order to eliminate funding for the Affordable Care Act.[7] “Yes. In fact, I think it’s time to draw a line in the sand on the spending problem that’s taking place in this country, this explosion of debt reliance on government,” he said.[7]

Controversy

Challenge to election

On October 16, 2013, five of the Independent candidates filed a petition with the secretary of the Senate challenging the special election.[8]

The complaint questions the constitutionality, legality and validity of the election on three main issues, and it seeks to have the full Senate vote to label the election result “void.”[8]

The candidates claim three issues with the election should invalidate it: The use of electronic voting machines with no paper backup that will not be “impounded,” that independent candidates were not included in the two debates and that the Republican candidate appears in the first two spaces on ballots, despite a low turnout during the primary.[8]

The petition also sought to have the Senate vote to keep Jeffrey Chiesa, who was appointed following the death of Frank Lautenberg, in office until the petition was investigated and decided.[8]

Lawsuit from MacArthur

The Republican primary between Lonegan and Tom MacArthur became one of the most brutal battles of the 2014 election season. In his campaign, Lonegan attacked MacArthur's insurance company, York Risk Services Group, for underpaying or denying payment to wildfire victims in California. The claimants had sued MacArthur's insurance company.[9] Chris Russell of the MacArthur campaign responded, “They’ve come up with three claims out of a million. There are lawsuits in the insurance industry. Those claims were dismissed, and they were all settled after Tom left the company."[10] In response to Lonegan's negative advertising, MacArthur sued the Lonegan campaign for defamation, to which Lonegan responded by stating in a press release, "“It's this kind of bullying and strong-arming of people that's downright despicable and has no place in this race."[9] Lonegan also released another campaign ad, entitled "Wildfire," in which another alleged victim of the insurance company criticized MacArthur. MacArthur's lawsuit included Lonegan and six members of his staff, one of which was a single mother named Liz Curtis. In a press conference, Lonegan attacked MacArthur further, saying, "I ran against Cory Booker, and I respect him. He’s an Obama liberal and doesn’t hide from that. But I don’t trust Tom MacArthur. I don’t trust anyone who would sue a single mother. You don’t do that."[10]

Campaign themes

2014

Lonegan listed the following themes on his campaign website. See Lonegan's website for his position on other issues.

  • Obamacare: "Steve Lonegan was one of the earliest opponents of the President’s Health Care law and organized thousands of New Jersey taxpayers to fight it. Steve supports full ObamaCare repeal and will use his power in Congress to block funding and implementation of this dangerous proposal."
  • Taxes, Spending and Debt: "As Mayor, Lonegan kept taxes stable by freezing spending and new debt. Steve believes the federal government needs to take the same approach and supports major cuts in government welfare programs created and expanded in recent years, most particularly ObamaCare and other giveaways like free cell phones, 99-week unemployment handouts and welfare benefits that encourage people not to work and live off taxpayers. He will oppose President Obama’s bloated budgets and tax increase proposals."
  • Government Spying on Citizens: "Steve believes the Obama Administration’s harassment of citizens through the IRS and spying on citizens through the NSA needs to be stopped, and rejects the notion endorsed by some in Congress who say the government needs to increase spying on American citizens in order to fight criminals and terrorists."
  • Bailouts: "Steve strongly opposed the Bank Bailout and the Auto Bailouts and believes government’s role is not to bail out businesses that cannot succeed. Steve will continue his fight to repeal the Dodd-Frank Law that justifies future bailouts with intense job-killing regulations on the financial industry."
  • Education: "Steve Lonegan believes the federal government role in education has been an overall negative and strongly opposes so-called “Common Core” curriculum standards and other attempts by Washington DC to regulate and control our local public schools. He is a strong supporter of school voucher and tax credit ideas that put parents in charge of their children’s education."

[11]

—Steve Lonegan, http://steveloneganforcongress.com/issues/

Elections

2014

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See also: New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Lonegan ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New Jersey's 3rd District. Lonegan sought the Republican nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014, but lost to Tom MacArthur.

U.S. House, New Jersey District 3 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom MacArthur 59.7% 15,261
Steve Lonegan 40.3% 10,314
Total Votes 25,575
Source: 99% reporting, Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Endorsements

Lonegan received the following endorsements:

  • Ron Paul[12]
  • The Tea Party Express[13]
  • Mark Levin[14]
  • The Conservative Campaign Committee[14]
  • Tea Party Patriots of Southern New Jersey[14]
  • Medford Mayor Chris Buoni[14]
  • NJ Tea Party Caucus[14]
  • West Jersey Tea Party[14]
  • TEA Party Advocacy Tracking Hub (TPATH)[14]
  • Team NJ[14]
  • Jersey Shore Tea Party/Ocean County Citizens for Freedom[14]
  • Gun Owners of America[15]

2013

See also: United States Senate special election in New Jersey, 2013

Lonegan sought election to the United States Senate seat vacated by Frank Lautenberg, after his death on June 3, 2013. The Republican primary took place on August 13, 2013. He defeated challenger Alieta Eck in the Republican primary on August 13, 2013.[3] Lonegan He was a defeated by Cory Booker (D) in the general election on October 16, 2013.[4][2]

When questioned about whether he would endorse Lonegan (R) in the Senate race, Gov. Christie responded by saying, "I've got my own campaign to run, first off. And so to the extent that I can be helpful to the Republican nominee, whoever that turns out to be, I’m sure that I’ll find some time to be helpful, but I have my own campaign to run at the same time and so my focus will be on my campaign."[16]

U.S. Senate, New Jersey Special General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCory Booker 54.9% 740,742
     Republican Steve Lonegan 44% 593,684
     Independent Edward C. Stackhouse 0.4% 5,138
     Independent Robert DePasquale 0.2% 3,137
     Independent Stuart Meissner 0.2% 2,051
     Independent Pablo Olivera 0.1% 1,530
     Independent Antonio Sabas 0.1% 1,336
     Independent Eugene LaVergne 0.1% 1,041
Total Votes 1,348,659
Source: Official results via New Jersey Division of Elections[17]
U.S. Senate, New Jersey Special Republican Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Lonegan 80.1% 103,280
Alieta Eck 19.9% 25,669
Total Votes 128,949
Source: Official Election Results from New Jersey Division of Elections[18]

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Lonegan's reports.[19]

Steve Lonegan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[20]April 14, 2014$0.00$402,312.77$(230,258.32)$172,054.45
Running totals
$402,312.77$(230,258.32)

Media

  • Lonegan's campaign released a negative ad against Tom MacArthur, accusing him of being a liberal who raised taxes as mayor.[21]
  • MacArthur responded with an ad defending himself against the accusations and, in turn, accusing Lonegan of raising taxes.[22]
  • In May 2014, Lonegan released another ad attacking MacArthur, stating that MacArthur's insurance company wrongfully denied payment to wildfire victims in Los Angeles.[23]

Lonegan campaign accuses MacArthur of being a liberal

MacArthur defends himself against Lonegan's negative campaign ad

Lonegan 2014 campaign ad attacking MacArthur

Personal

Lonegan and his wife, Lorraine, have two daughters, Brooke and Katharine. They attend a Roman Catholic church.[5]

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References

  1. The Hill, "Lonegan jumps into N.J. House race," accessed January 4, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Politicker NJ, "Lonegan running for US Senate; Doherty backing him," accessed June 6, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 WNYC, "Election 2013," accessed August 13, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 NY Times, "New Jersey Senate 2013," accessed October 16, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 Lonegan for Congress, "About Steve Lonegan," accessed April 16, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 USA Today, "Senate nominee: Shutdown worth it to get GOP goals," accessed October 7, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 MNSBC, "NJ Senate candidate: Sandy recovery funds were ‘over the top’," accessed August 27, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 NJ.com, "Independent U.S. Senate candidates file petition challenging election," accessed October 21, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 The Huffington Post, "GOP House Candidate Steve Lonegan Sued By Rival For Defamation," accessed May 27, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 Politicker NJ, "CD3 Update: Lonegan lashes out at MacArthur, calls him a 'monster'," accessed May 27, 2014
  11. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  12. The Washington Times, "Ron Paul endorses Lonegan in N.J. congressional race," accessed May 26, 2014
  13. Steve Lonegan for Congress, "The Tea Party Express Endorses Lonegan," accessed May 26, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 14.7 14.8 Steve Lonegan for Congress, "Medford Mayor, Tea Party Patriots of Southern New Jersey Endorse Lonegan," accessed May 26, 2014
  15. Steve Lonegan for Congress, "Lonegan Receives Endorsement of Gun Owners of America," accessed May 26, 2014
  16. NJ.com, "Christie on endorsing Lonegan: 'I've got my own campaign to run'," accessed June 19, 2013
  17. New Jersey Division of Elections, "Special Election General Election Results," accessed November 7, 2013
  18. New Jersey Division of Elections, "Unofficial Primary Special Election Results," accessed November 7, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Steve Lonegan Summary Report," accessed April 16, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Steve Lonegan April Quarterly," accessed April 16, 2014
  21. YouTube, "Liberal MacArthur," accessed April 15, 2014
  22. YouTube, "Shameful," accessed April 15, 2014
  23. YouTube, "Wildfire," accessed May 23, 2014