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In New Jersey Senate Race, Lonegan Fights the Odds … without Help from the GOP

October 16th, 2013 - 6:32 am

While Christie takes pains to reaffirm his admiration for Booker, Lonegan has exposed his Democratic rival as a corrupt, self-dealing dissembler on whose watch Newark’s crime, unemployment and general deterioration have worsened. (See James Stimpson’s campaign column at the American Thinker, describing how the unsavory Booker has managed to embarrass even reliable Lefties.) Lonegan, by contrast, is a self-made American success story.

Born into modest means but a strong work ethic, Lonegan was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa at 14. He rejected the prospect of a life on disability subsidies, overcame the loss of much of his eyesight, built a kitchen-cabinet business from nothing into a thriving metro-area concern, earned an MBA from Farleigh Dickinson University, and entered politics. A plainspoken conservative Republican, he was elected three times – twice by double-digits – as mayor of Bogota, a Democrat stronghold. A Tea Party favorite, Lonegan has become a renowned champion of limited government and debt-slashing, particularly as the director of Americans for Prosperity’s New Jersey chapter.

The Republican establishment, long resigned to Booker’s triumphant arrival on Capitol Hill, has followed Christie’s lead in leaving the party’s candidate to fend for himself. The National Republican Senatorial Committee – the GOP’s fundraising arm for Senate campaigns – has given Lonegan no help, while Booker (helped by national Democrats, Oprah, Mark Zuckerberg, Steven Spielberg, Ben Affleck, et al.) has outraised him at an 8-to-1 clip. Yet, Lonegan has run a spirited, highly effective campaign, fueled by the Tea Party and such conservative stars as Mark Levin, Sarah Palin and Rick Perry. He easily bested Booker in the sparsely watched debates and has cut deeply into the Democrat’s once seemingly insurmountable lead.

Can he win? The latest polls, while tighter, still show Booker ahead. The battle is uphill, and Lonegan has had to fight it without assistance from his own party. But the election occurs amid the embarrassing rollout of Obamacare, sticker-shock over which has enraged the union voters desperately needed by Democrats in an irregular election that will be all about turn-out. The Tea Party may be outnumbered in Jersey, but it is energized. And for all his life, people have been telling Steve Lonegan what he can’t do … while he keeps proving them wrong.

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The NJ GOP is captured by the "home rule" state, that is, the local government has grave to cradle rights over homeowners, businesses and taxpayers. The NJ GOP drums out conservatives to the extent that there is not a single business champion in the legislature. Gov Christie has not cut the budget, but continues to increase state spending. (granted he has a Dem legislature to deal with). Lonegan and the Tea Party are truely on their own in NJ, with zero support from the party. Even if candidates get into the party, they face an uphill battle to get onto the ballot or into office.

If Lonegan loses today, it is most clearly a failure of Gov Christie to "Lead" the NJ GOP to oppose big governemtn when it was needed most! Pick the word that seems most appropriate: RINO, fraud, traitor.
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Reasons why I no longer consider myself a Republican, and would NEVER vote for Christie in a national election.
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If Christie is the GOP nominee in 2016, I'm back to voting Libertarian.
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McCarthy's premise is that if Christie had not called a special election that his coattails might likely have carried Lonegan to victory on that election day.

Lets play devils advocate here and ask was Christie right and that he could not have helped Lonegan and Booker's strength would have damaged himself more.

In the counties Booker won 828,000 votes cast in total, and in the counties Lonegan won there were 464,000 votes cast in total.

In the counties Lonegan won, Booker got 41% of the votes and in the counties Booker won, Lonegan got 37% of the vote.

I doubt Christie's coat tails would have made the difference.


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This article only proves that Christie is a politician and McCarthy isn't.

If Sarah Palin were the governor of New Jersey she would have done the same thing. What Christie did was to dilute the electoral pull of a powerful Democratic figure.

That Christie will be the beneficiary of this is unfortunate but that is besides the point. Were that we could always dilute the electoral pull of Democrats.
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Chris Christie is repulsive. His bromance with Obama makes it clear that Christie is on the receiving end of Obama's "chubby chasing" habits.
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GOP spends no money on real conservatives like Lonegan, but look at the lengths they went to for Angus King in ME, Linda MacMahon in CT, and Scott Brown in MA, all RINO's, all lost. When O'Donnell beat RINO Mike Castle, they withdrew their support. Conservatives and Tea Partiers get nothing.
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Didnt you have enough of Moudocks, Akins, O'donnels....
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C'mon, non-establishment candidates don't follow orders, so they'll not get help. Nothing new there.

How many conservative/Tea Party candidates were helped by the Republican Party? If any Republicans have a dime to spare, donate to the candidates of your choice, starve the Establishment Democrat-lite Beast, then take over the Beast's carcass.
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