STATE – While Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan has repeatedly attacked Newark Mayor Cory Booker for needing state funds to balance Newark’s city budgets, Lonegan himself sought similar help when he was mayor of Bogota, according to a Star-Ledger report.
Lonegan applied for $500,000 in extraordinary aid in 2006, citing increasing costs in pensions, utilities, insurance and salaries, according to the report. He received $250,000, and applied again in 2007, receiving $100,000.
“I would be totally negligent and remiss as a mayor for not doing anything I can to get my taxpayers’ money back,” Lonegan told the media Monday. “I’m absolutely proud of what I did as a mayor.”
Newark received $32 million and $10 million in extraordinary aid in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
Lonegan and Booker will square off in an Oct. 16 special election to fill the Senate seat that opened when former Sen. Frank Lautenberg died in June.
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