Christie Says He'll Back Tea Party Candidate

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Governor Chris Christie says won't endorse a candidate for the U.S. Senate race in New Jersey before the primary vote in August. But he'll back the Republican candidate, even if it's Tea Party-backed conservative Steve Lonegan.  

The former mayor of Bogata, N.J., and the head of the New Jersey chapter of Americans for Prosperity ran against Christie in the Republican primary in 2009. But the governor says there are no hard feelings.

"A week after our primary in 2009 Steve invited me to his home for lunch, we sat just the two of us and spoke, and while it’s no mystery that we don’t agree on every issue, the fact is that we have a good relationship and we’ll see how the campaign goes," Christie said.

Christie says he’s focused on his own campaign for re-election now, but he does expect to find time to help out the Republican candidate after the primary. The speical election to fill the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s seat will be held in October.


Julianne Welby


Comments [2]

Erica Linnemann

Hi Nancy,

I work under the communications department at Americans for Prosperity Foundation, and I wanted to point out a mistake in your article. Steve Lonegan is AFP-NJ's former state director. He no longer holds that position.

Please make note of this and avoid making the mistake in future articles.
Thanks so much, Nancy!

Jun. 13 2013 01:20 PM
Rita Murphy

Only some tea parties have 'endorsed' Lonegan. Each tea party group operates independently. This point needs to be made so the article is factual please.

Jun. 13 2013 08:56 AM

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