New Jersey: Noted RINO to endorse noted True Conservative for Senate
posted at 5:17 pm on August 19, 2013 by Guy Benson
Be honest, how many of you half expected Christie to endorse Booker, or at least withhold his endorsement altogether? Nah, turns out Christie really is a Republican. Via the Lonegan campaign:
Governor Chris Christie will endorse Steve Lonegan, Republican nominee for United States Senate, at the Hunterdon County GOP Headquarters on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. Lonegan served as Bogota Mayor for twelve years, winning three times in a town that gave Barack Obama 67.5 percent of the vote in 2012. He served for seven years as state director of Americans for Prosperity New Jersey, where he helped defeat liberal attempts to expand big government. Steve Lonegan is the conservative Republican candidate in the New Jersey special election for the United States Senate. Lonegan stands firmly on the bedrock conservative values of small government, fiscal responsibility and individual liberty.
Christie bested Lonegan in a hard-fought GOP gubernatorial primary four years ago, and the latter has been a thorn in the former’s side ever since. Despite that somewhat rocky history and some choice words over a recent unforced error by a Lonegan staffer, New Jersery’s governor will throw his support behind the scrappy, unapologetic former Mayor of Bogota. Lonegan is considered a long-shot against the
mediocre-at-best celebrity Mayor of Newark, but anyone who’s ever met the newly-minted Republican nominee knows that he’ll throw everything he’s got into the race and aggressively challenge Cory Booker at every turn. I’ll leave you with Lonegan’s fired-up primary night victory speech:
UPDATE – I see that AP mentioned this story in passing on the homepage.