Months after running for a seat in the U.S. Senate, Steve Lonegan (R) is now campaigning to become a congressman in the Third Congressional District. Lonegan told NJTV News Managing Editor Mike Schneider that he is taking advantage of an opportunity and that he is prepared to go to Congress.
“It just reminded me of just how hard it is to do business in this country with government and the opportunity to go to Congress and do something I’m passionate about and get involved in government policy and creating a free market economy where people can grow and prosper, and I think I’m well positioned to do that,” said Lonegan.
During the special election that was held for the late Frank Lautenberg’s Senate seat against Democratic nominee Cory Booker, Lonegan said that he had won about 55 percent of the vote in the Third Congressional District. He also said that his message resonates around the district compared to previous Republican nominees in other races.
With Jon Runyan not seeking reelection, many politicians are looking to campaign for his seat in Congress. According to Lonegan, about 18 candidates exist at the moment. As for his campaign, Lonegan said that he is going to run on issues he’s passionate about, such as repealing Obamacare, keeping military bases open and funding the military.
Lonegan previously served as the mayor of Bogota and has moved in the past. He said that one of the reasons he decided to run for the Third Congressional District was because he had been looking to move there over the past couple of years.
“What happened is, we’ve been looking at living down there for a couple of years,” said Lonegan. “In fact, before the hurricane we were looking at a particular house in Bayville that we almost bought and when I went down and saw it, it had actually been wiped out in the hurricane. So we’ve been looking in that neighborhood for quite a while.”
Lonegan said that he is not immune to taking hits while campaigning, but that it’s his desire to get the country back on track.
“I’m used to that, taking those kind of hits. I ran against Cory Booker, one of the biggest names in the Democratic Party. So I’m ready for anything but what’s important to me is the issues that are important to this country and serving in Congress,” said Lonegan.