McCann defeats Lonegan, wins NJ-05 primary

John McCann

RAMSEY, N.J. — Former Cresskill Councilman John McCann has defeated long-time fixture of New Jersey GOP elections Steve Lonegan for the 5th District Congressional nomination.

The Republican attorney was powered by an aggressive (and expensive) 11th hour media blitz as well as a dominant performance in Bergen County and a strong showing in the sprawling district’s western counties, too. He led Lonegan by 16,283 votes (53.1%) to 14,404 (46.9%) with 99% of precincts reporting.

Lonegan call McCann to concede the race sometime after 11 o’clock. This is the latest in a long string of consecutive federal and statewide defeats for the former Mayor of Bogota. This was also his third run for the U.S. House of Representatives and the third district (the other two were the 9th and the 3rd) in which he’s run. 

McCann will face incumbent Democrat Josh Gottheimer in November.