NJ-05 UPDATE: Schepisi will endorse Lonegan while Rogers pledges support for McCann

McCann (left) and Rogers (right)

Holly Schepisi, once considered a possible contender for the NJ-05 GOP congressional nomination herself, is ready to endorse Steve Lonegan in this year’s Republican primary.

Save Jersey confirmed today’s rumor with the LD39 Assemblywoman.

A formal announcement is still forthcoming. 

Lonegan and his intra-party opponent John McCann, an attorney and former councilman, are battling for the right to challenge incumbent Democrat Josh Gottheimer, the freshman Clinton insider who wrestled Scott Garrett’s seat away from the Republican Party in 2016.

The former Bogota Mayor has swept the legislative endorsements in the extreme Northern New Jersey district, but McCann boasts some institutional support of his own including Sussex Sheriff Mike Strada, and he announced the support of activist Steve Rogers earlier this week. Rogers, a Nutley Commissioner and regular guest on the Fox Business Network, serves as chairman of President Trump’s New Jersey-based grassroots supporters or “Team Trump.”

“I do not go out and endorse people that easy,” said Rogers, “but this election is so important to the President of the United States and to the Make American Great Again agenda we need someone running for office who we know can win.”

The Bergen County towns of Allendale, Alpine, Bergenfield, Bogota, Closter, Demarest, Dumont, Emerson, Fair Lawn, Franklin Lakes, Glen Rock, Hackensack, Harrington Park, Haworth, Hillsdale, Ho-Ho-Kus, Lodi, Mahwah, Maywood, Midland Park, Montvale, New Milford, Northvale, Norwood, Oakland, Old Tappan, Oradell, Paramus, Park Ridge, Ramsey, Ridgewood, River Edge, River Vale, Rochelle Park, Rockleigh, Saddle River, Teaneck (part, also 9th), Upper Saddle River, Waldwick, Washington Township, Westwood, Woodcliff Lake and Wyckoff, the Passaic outposts of Ringwood and West Milford, the Sussex County towns of Andover Borough, Andover Township, Branchville, Frankford Township, Franklin Borough, Fredon Township, Green Township, Hamburg, Hampton Township, Hardyston Township, Lafayette Township, Montague Township, Newton, Sandyston Township, Stillwater Township, Sussex, Vernon Township, Walpack Township and Wantage Township, and the Warren County communities of Allamuchy Township, Belvidere, Blairstown Township, Frelinghuysen Township, Hackettstown, Hardwick Township, Hope Township, Independence Township, Knowlton Township, Liberty Township, Mansfield Township, Oxford Township, Washington, Washington Township and White Township.