Steve Lonegan

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Steve Lonegan
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U.S. Senate, New Jersey
PartyRepublican
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Steve Lonegan was a 2013 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. Senate from New Jersey. [1] He defeated challenger Alieta Eck in the Republican primary on August 13, 2013.[2] He was defeated in the general election on October 16, 2013.[3]

Lonegan was seeking election to New Jersey's 3rd District in 2014.[4]

Lonegan is the former mayor of Bogota.[1] He previously ran for governor in 2009. He lost in a Republican primary to Gov. Chris Christie.[1]

Issues

Government shutdown

Lonegan told reporters in an interview on October 3, 2013, that the inconvenience of a federal government shutdown is worth the trouble if it can derail Obamacare.[5]

"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.[5]

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.”[6]

“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.”[6]

Lonegan also said he would support shutting down the government in order to eliminate funding for the Affordable Care Act.[6] “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.[6]

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.[7]

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.”[7]

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.[7]

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 is investigated and decided.[7]

Elections

2014

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.The general election took place November 4, 2014.[8]

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.[2] Lonegan He was a defeated by Cory Booker (D) in the general election on October 16, 2013.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

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[9]
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[10]

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