STATE – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan boasted today that New Jersey’s special election next week will bring an end to the stalemate in Washington, D.C. that resulted in the partial shutdown of the federal government and concern that the nation could default on its financial obligations.
“When I win, Obama will fold,” Lonegan said.
Lonegan says his internal polling shows a neck-and-neck race in the U.S. Senate contest and that all the momentum is in his favor, though most third-part polls still show Democrat Cory Booker holding a safe lead.
“My victory in this election on Wednesday will send a message to Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi that the American people want an end to Obamacare and the rest of the President’s radical agenda,” Lonegan said.
“Republicans need to hold firm because seven days from today when Bob Menendez escorts me down the Senate aisle for my swearing in, the message about what our party should do will be clear for all,” Lonegan added.
Despite Lonegan’s rhetoric, an Associated Press-GfK poll released this week show that nearly two-thirds of those surveyed mainly blame Republicans for the government shutdown. A Washington Post/ABC poll found that 70 percent of Americans disapproved of how Republicans were handling budget negotiations, while just 51 percent disapproved of how the President was handling them.
“I have come as far as I have in this campaign by ignoring the advice from all the pollsters and consultants who have told me to change what I think and change who I am,” Lonegan said. “New Jerseyans are looking for a leader who fights for working taxpayers, not a Hollywood wannabe like Cory Booker who will rubber stamp the President’s far-left wing agenda.”
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.
Connect with NJTODAY.NET
Join NJTODAY.NET's free Email List to receive occasional updates delivered right to your email address!