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|U.S. House, New Jersey, District 3|
|Bachelor's||William Paterson College|
|Master's||Fairleigh Dickinson University|
Lonegan was a 2013 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. Senate from New Jersey. He defeated challenger Alieta Eck in the Republican primary on August 13, 2013. He was defeated in the general election on October 16, 2013.
Lonegan graduated from William Paterson College with a B.A. in business administration, and then went on to earn his M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Lonegan became the state director for the New Jersey chapter of Americans for Prosperity in 2006.
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.”
“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.”
Lonegan also said he would support shutting down the government in order to eliminate funding for the Affordable Care Act. “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.
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. 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." 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." 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."
Lonegan listed the following themes on his campaign website. See Lonegan's website for his position on other issues.
The 3rd Congressional District of New Jersey held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Tom MacArthur (R) defeated Aimee Belgard (D) and Frederick John LaVergne (Democratic-Republican) in the general election. In the primary election on June 3, 2014, MacArthur defeated Steve Lonegan for the Republican nomination, while Belgard defeated Howard Kleinhendler and Bruce Todd for the Democratic nomination.
New Jersey's 3rd was considered a battleground district in 2014. Incumbent Jon Runyan (R) did not run for re-election, leaving an open seat. Moreover, although Runyan won re-election by an 8.9 percent margin of victory in 2012, the presidential election went Democratic, with President Barack Obama winning in the 3rd District by 4.6 percent.
|U.S. House, New Jersey District 3 Republican Primary, 2014|
|Source: New Jersey Division of Elections - Official Election Results|
Lonegan received the following endorsements:
- Ron Paul
- The Tea Party Express
- Mark Levin
- The Conservative Campaign Committee
- Tea Party Patriots of Southern New Jersey
- Medford Mayor Chris Buoni
- NJ Tea Party Caucus
- West Jersey Tea Party
- TEA Party Advocacy Tracking Hub (TPATH)
- Team NJ
- Jersey Shore Tea Party/Ocean County Citizens for Freedom
- Gun Owners of America
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. Lonegan He was a defeated by Cory Booker (D) in the general election on October 16, 2013.
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."
|U.S. Senate, New Jersey Special General Election, 2013|
|Independent||Edward C. Stackhouse||0.4%||5,138|
|Source: Official results via New Jersey Division of Elections|
|U.S. Senate, New Jersey Special Republican Primary, 2013|
|Source: Official Election Results from New Jersey Division of Elections|
|Steve Lonegan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 14, 2014||$0.00||$402,312.77||$(230,258.32)||$172,054.45|
- Lonegan's campaign released a negative ad against Tom MacArthur, accusing him of being a liberal who raised taxes as mayor.
- MacArthur responded with an ad defending himself against the accusations and, in turn, accusing Lonegan of raising taxes.
- In May 2014, Lonegan released another ad attacking MacArthur, stating that MacArthur's insurance company wrongfully denied payment to wildfire victims in Los Angeles.
Lonegan and his wife, Lorraine, have two daughters, Brooke and Katharine. They attend a Roman Catholic church.
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- Politicker NJ, "Lonegan running for US Senate; Doherty backing him," accessed June 6, 2013
- WNYC, "Election 2013," accessed August 13, 2013
- NY Times, "New Jersey Senate 2013," accessed October 16, 2013
- Lonegan for Congress, "About Steve Lonegan," accessed April 16, 2014
- MNSBC, "NJ Senate candidate: Sandy recovery funds were ‘over the top’," accessed August 27, 2013
- The Huffington Post, "GOP House Candidate Steve Lonegan Sued By Rival For Defamation," accessed May 27, 2014
- Politicker NJ, "CD3 Update: Lonegan lashes out at MacArthur, calls him a 'monster'," accessed May 27, 2014
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- The Washington Times, "Ron Paul endorses Lonegan in N.J. congressional race," accessed May 26, 2014
- Steve Lonegan for Congress, "The Tea Party Express Endorses Lonegan," accessed May 26, 2014
- Steve Lonegan for Congress, "Medford Mayor, Tea Party Patriots of Southern New Jersey Endorse Lonegan," accessed May 26, 2014
- Steve Lonegan for Congress, "Lonegan Receives Endorsement of Gun Owners of America," accessed May 26, 2014
- NJ.com, "Christie on endorsing Lonegan: 'I've got my own campaign to run'," accessed June 19, 2013
- New Jersey Division of Elections, "Special Election General Election Results," accessed November 7, 2013
- New Jersey Division of Elections, "Unofficial Primary Special Election Results," accessed November 7, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Steve Lonegan Summary Report," accessed April 16, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Steve Lonegan April Quarterly," accessed April 16, 2014
- YouTube, "Liberal MacArthur," accessed April 15, 2014
- YouTube, "Shameful," accessed April 15, 2014
- YouTube, "Wildfire," accessed May 23, 2014