Steve Lonegan

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Steve Lonegan
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Candidate for
U.S. House, New Jersey, District 3
Elections and appointments
Next primaryJune 3, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
Steve Lonegan is a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of New Jersey.[1]

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]


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]


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]

Campaign themes


Lonegan lists 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."


—Steve Lonegan,



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

Lonegan is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New Jersey's 3rd District. Lonegan is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014.The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[9]


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."[10]

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[11]
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[12]

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