By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
Most of the focus has been on the Kean Family and Joe Kyrillos, Save Jerseyans, but here’s another well-known New Jersey Republican politician that’s not standing with Chris Christie when he announces for president:
“America needs a President that understands that only liberty can lead us to prosperity,” Lonegan said in a statement released by the Ted Cruz presidential campaign, one which went on to confirm that the former Bogota mayor and reoccurring statewide candidate will serve as its New Jersey state chair. “We need a President who will support our Constitution fearlessly and cut the size of government, not just slow down its growth. Senator Cruz not only understands this, but has the record to prove it. He has shown the courage to lead our nation back to greatness in the world.”
The Christie/Lonegan relationship has always been… complicated. These larger-than-life GOP’ers infamously faced-off for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 2009. Christie subsequently endorsed Lonegan during a 2013 bid to replace Frank Lautenberg in the U.S. Senate, which the Governor’s brother, Todd, even donating to the campaign and the Big Guy’s NJGOP helping retire Lonegan’s campaign debt. Still, Lonegan hasn’t backed away from continuing to critique the Governor’s positions on a number of issues including Common Core/PARCC.
In recent months, however, Steve has led a more behind-the-scenes kind of existence, building up “Fix the Dollar” (a monetary policy-driven advocacy group), travelling, and surf fishing in his adopted hometown of Lavallette.