Channeling Trump, McCann calls Lonegan a “loser” over Passaic Screening rigging allegation

By The Staff

After Steve Lonegan accused the Passaic County GOP of rigging its Thursday evening screening vote, the campaign of his victorious NJ-05 rival, John McCann, pushed back on Saturday with one of President Trump’s favorite put-downs.

“How ironic that Steve Lonegan, who tried to silence the 13.4 million Trump voters in the Republican Presidential Primary by trying to rig the Republican convention against Trump would make such a ridiculous statement. As President Trump said, he is a loser,” said Lauren Zisa, a spokesperson for the McCann campaign.

The background:

Steve Lonegan was an ardent Trump critic and Ted Cruz backer during the 2016 presidential primary; he helped lead an ultimately aborted attempt to deny Trump the GOP nomination at the Cleveland convention.

Trump characteristically took it all very personally.

“You have a guy named Lonegan,” Trump told Fox News in a July 2016 interview. “I’ve known Lonegan for 25 years in New Jersey. “The guy’s a loud-mouth guy.”


“He’s always lost,” Trump continued. “He’s a loser. … Always been a nasty guy. He loses. He’s a loser.”

McCann won the Passaic screening committee’s backing over Lonegan, 19-4, giving the former a leg up in Ringwood and West Milford in this June’s upcoming  primary contest.