FLEMINGTON – Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan ran against Gov. Chris Christie in the 2009 Republican gubernatorial primary, but Christie endorsed him for U.S. Senate yesterday.
“Steve and I have believed and still believe in so many of the same things,” Christie said. “We believe in lower taxes and limited government. We believe in people having more freedom to do the things that they believe are right for themselves and their families, without government interfering in those choices. We believe in a strong America, and a smart America, and a right America.”
“Together, Governor Christie and I, with the Governor’s leadership, will not put just New Jersey back on track toward economic prosperity, but put America back on track toward economic prosperity,” Lonegan said.
In a statement released yesterday prior to the governor’s endorsement of Lonegan, Democratic National Committee Press Secretary Michael Czin said, “Chris Christie and the Republican Party have embraced a candidate who believes a government shutdown would be a good thing, supports restricting women’s access to health care, would repeal the Affordable Care Act, and opposes commonsense immigration reform and marriage equality.”
Lonegan has also been endorsed by Republican congressmen Rodney Frelinghuysen, Scott Garrett, Leonard Lance, Frank LoBiondo and Jon Runyan. U.S. Sen. Jeffrey Chiesa – the Christie appointee that Lonegan will replace if he wins the Oct. 16 election – is scheduled to endorse him today.
Democrat Cory Booker will oppose Lonegan in the special election for the remaining 15 months of the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s term.
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