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A look at congressional candidate Steve Lonegan

5-3-14

NAME: Steve Lonegan

AGE: 58

GREW UP: Ridgefield Park

FAMILY: Married with two adult daughters.

RESIDENCE: Lavallette, selling home in Bogota.

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Served three terms as mayor of Bogota, ran for U.S. Senate in 2013 and Congress in 1998, sought Republican nomination for governor in 2005 and 2009. Leader of a successful campaign against a ballot initiative that would have increased the state’s sales tax. Leader of opposition to a 2008 plan to increase tolls on some state roads dramatically.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree from William Paterson College; MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

OCCUPATION: Resigned last year as New Jersey director of Americans for Prosperity. He had held the job since 2006, except for parts of 2008 and 2009, when he ran for governor. He previously worked as a custom home builder and finance vice chairman for the National Federation of Independent Business.

NOTABLE: His 2003 re-election campaign as mayor was featured in the documentary film, “Anytown, U.S.A.” He played football at William Paterson and is legally blind. He wrote “Putting Taxpayers First: A Blueprint for Victory in the Garden State” and attracted widespread attention in 2006 for a campaign to make English the official language of Bogota.

ON THE ISSUES: A social conservative who calls for a reduction in the size and scope of government. Supports tax cuts and opposes government bailouts of corporations, increasing the minimum wage and calls for repeal of President Barack Obama’s health insurance overhaul. Opposes gay marriage and abortion rights.

CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: http://steveloneganforcongress.com

CAMPAIGN CASH: By March’s end, he had raised $402,000 and had $172,000 on hand.