NJ-05: McCann marches on primary rival Lonegan’s old home turf

BOGOTA, N.J. — 5th Congressional District GOP contender and former Cresskill Councilman John McCann spent one of his primary campaign’s final days marching through the streets of his Republican opponent’s old home base.

On Monday, McCann participated in the Bogota (Bergen County) Memorial Day parade:

I'm honored that I was invited to march in the Bogota Memorial Day Parade. I marched today in honor of all those who have sacrificed so that we may be free.

Posted by John McCann on Monday, May 28, 2018

“I’m honored that I was invited to march in the Bogota Memorial Day Parade,” said McCann. “I marched today in honor of all those who have sacrificed so that we may be free.”

McCann’s opponent — Steve Lonegan — served as mayor of the small, diverse borough from 1996 through 2007.

He subsequently left both the job and town and, at present, resides in Hackensack.

Lonegan’s controversial tenure as mayor — and his ultimately victorious 2003 mayoral reelection campaign — was the subject of a 2005 documentary, Anytown, USA. This year, McCann’s campaign has sought to make hay out of a slur allegedly slung by Lonegan at a former Bogota councilman during both men’s days in the municipality’s government.

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