NJ-05: McCann seizes Alabama upset to cast opponent Lonegan as ‘unacceptable candidate’

McCann (left) and Lonegan (right)

A Republican loss in Alabama on Tuesday night prompted NJ-05 GOP primary hopeful John McCann to take a targeted swipe at his opponent, Steve Lonegan, as the 2018 cycle gets underway in New Jersey’s northernmost U.S. House district. 

“Last night in Alabama we saw what happens when we run unacceptable candidates. The loss of another seat in the United States Senate compromises the ability to undo the damage done by the Obama administration. We need principled leaders who can pass conservative policies that would get America back on the right track,” said McCann in a statement, alluding to Lonegan’s past unsuccessful bids for U.S. Senate, Congress and governor. “Steve Lonegan has been repeatedly rejected by both Republican Primary voters as well as general election voters in New Jersey. Our district cannot afford to nominate Lose-a-gan, Lie-a-gan Lonegan. His record of repeatedly lying and distorting the truth as well as his failed record as an elected official proves he is not the right candidate for Congressional District 5.”

“Whether it is his lies about being endorsed by the NRCC or his horrendous statements about 9/11 first-responders and hurricane victims, Steve Lonegan has rendered himself toxic and unelectable,” added McCann.

Republican Roy Moore, plagued by scandal, lost a narrow contest to Democrat Doug Jones last night for the seat vacated by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Lonegan has focused his energies of late on racking up legislative endorsements; to date, he’s secured most of the Republican legislators in Northwest Jersey.

Both men are fighting for the right to challenge Democrat Josh Gottheimer, the freshman Clinton insider who wrestled Scott Garrett’s seat away from the Republican Party in 2016. 

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