Lonegan Says Federal War Memorial Closure Is “Shameful”

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U.S. Senate Candidate Steve Lonegan at an Americans For Prosperity Event in 2011 (Photo credit: Nick Step)

U.S. Senate Candidate Steve Lonegan at an Americans For Prosperity Event in 2011 (Photo credit: Nick Step)

METUCHEN – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan criticized the closure of several Washington, D.C. memorials as part of the federal government shutdown, and praised House Republicans and veterans who he credited with removing barriers used to close the national World War II Memorial on Tuesday.

“This despicable act of barricading the war memorials to veterans and the public is a shameful attempt by President Obama and his rubber stamps in Congress to ensure the government shutdown is painful and blame Republicans at the expense of the memory of those who gave their lives in their service to America,” Lonegan said.

“President Obama and his Congressional lackeys need to stop playing politics. They need to compromise with Republicans by supporting a one-year delay before implementing Obamacare,” added Lonegan. “If New Jersey voters choose to send me to the United States Senate, my election will send an instant signal to President Obama and everyone in Congress that the American people don’t want his health care plan, and that it is the President who needs to compromise.”

Voters will choose between Lonegan and Newark Mayor Cory Booker on Wednesday, Oct. 16, who are vying for a Senate seat following the death of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg earlier this year.


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