MEDFORD, N.J. (AP) — The gloves are off in the Republican primary race in central New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District.
Two former mayors from northern New Jersey moved into the district after Republican U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan announced he wouldn’t seek re-election.
Both say they intended to move there anyway. The district stretches from the Philadelphia suburbs to the shore.
Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan is a high-profile anti-tax activist who lost last year’s special U.S. Senate election to Cory Booker. In that race, he won the towns that make up the 3rd District by more than five points.
But former Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur has the support of the county Republican organizations in the June primary.
The district is considered up for grabs in the November election.