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Steve Lonegan: Republican Candidate for Senate

Friday, October 11, 2013

Steve Lonegan, Republican candidate for Senate in New Jersey and former mayor of Bogota, talks about the race and what he would bring to the Senate if elected.

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Comments [48]

@Mark_M/jgarbuz

This guy is way too far right to have a prayer with the NJ electorate. We are generally able to think through libertarian rhetoric to its rational conclusions. It also does not help that the candidate would be on the side that is holding the country hostage if he were to be elected to the Senate.

Mr. Lonegan decried how little of NJ taxpayer money comes back to the state and that we, therefore, don't need the Dept of Education. But did he mention that Christie and his Ed sec'ty THREW AWAY $440M of Race to the Top funds by blowing the application? A little more dough spent in learning how to fill out a form would have been well spent when those guys were back in school, huh?

A vote for Lonegan amounts to an 'Attaboy!' to the guys who closed the government because they disagree with a law that creates a market for 45 million Americans to buy insurance.

Oct. 12 2013 11:28 AM

Steve Lonegan, would have sent me and my family to the left line.

Oct. 11 2013 05:23 PM
Des

Thanks ph for your comments. They are my exact sentiments. I wonder what he feels a potential student that does not have working parent(s) should do.

Oct. 11 2013 11:59 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

JG, I know that you said that with a straight face. The tribe requires you to.

I don't care about welfare, head start, or pell grants even.

But if you are telling me that NJ taxpayers should elect someone that would reject aid from their own Govt, for a devastating hurricane but would give it by the billions to a relatively wealthy foreign country - sorry, that is not consistent at all.

Oct. 11 2013 11:46 AM
Dana from New York, NY

I grew up in Leonia, NJ right next to Bogota, and it couldn't be farther from Newark in terms of crime. I think a person as inconsequential as Lonegan is totally incorrect to assert that he knows something about reducing crime that would be applicable to Newark. He doesn't.

Oct. 11 2013 11:45 AM
Kayla

If some govt is what he call for let's get rid of screwed up and corrupt GOPs like him. If he wants small govt, why run at all? So he can collect a paychk for not doing what people voted him to do? Sounds like he also want to keep education to those who can afford it, thise who can't... to darn bad.

Oct. 11 2013 11:41 AM

BK from Hoboken
Or he just lied to us :(

Oct. 11 2013 11:39 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To Sheldon

I don't even own a first home, much less a second home. My home ownership days are long behind me. I lost my home to a vicious left wing social worker long ago.

Oct. 11 2013 11:39 AM
HAB from Sussex Co., NJ

BLS staff: Fact check him on this "letter" he keeps talking about in interviews. Please?

Oct. 11 2013 11:38 AM

I am scared to death that this guy - so far right he belongs far away from NJ - actually might win. The combined effect of the disgust with the government right now (fostered by those who WANT us to hate the 'big bad government') together with this ridiculous election scheduling will keep turnout extremely low. It is most important to encourage all rational people in NJ to VOTE come WEDNESDAY. Yes, Wednesday! Even some jocks on WNYC just recently have misstated the day...

Oct. 11 2013 11:37 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Helping true friends and true allies defend themselves also helps defend America, and defense is one of the requirements of the US government in the Constitution. And so is police. As for disaster relief, or helping kids go to college, that is more debatable. Sure the government should help, but the question is how much? It's part of the "general welfare" but not specifically delineated.

Oct. 11 2013 11:37 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Just don't understand why journalists are not asking these default-courters if it's a valid political tactic...

Is there a WNYC memo somewhere about pulling punches with them? It MUST be policy...

Oct. 11 2013 11:35 AM

Limited gov't but sounds like that increasing the police force in his town may have increased his government? ... Sure, he'll cut the size of government only if it benefits the needy.

Oct. 11 2013 11:35 AM
Dan

That's some obnoxious 'tude right there.

Oct. 11 2013 11:34 AM
Dan from Sunset Park

The candidate said Booker cut police staffing in Newark. Brian should have called him out that Booker HAD to because of the budget crisis.

Oct. 11 2013 11:34 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

JG, of course. If Farrakhan supported 3 billion for your 2nd home, you would probably vote for him too.

Oct. 11 2013 11:33 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Winston Churchill also liked a good Scotch and a good cigar. Personally I don't, but then I'm neither a politician nor leader of anything.

Oct. 11 2013 11:33 AM
Laura

So he supports giving the amount of money that we do to Israel, even thinks that we should give more, but wouldn't pass the Sandy bill? Real consistent.

Oct. 11 2013 11:31 AM
ph

This guy is so self-centered. Because he didn't apply for a Pell Grant, he believes nobody needs it. Because he went to college while working decades ago (when tuition was far lower), kids today should be able to work while in college to pay their $50K annual college costs (or $17K+ for public school). Because his backwater town does not need (and doesn't get) federal tax money for special educational programs, no other towns in NJ needs it.

Oct. 11 2013 11:31 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Of course. It's always nice to know that Israel's 3 billions a year, are safe and dry but NJ's Sandy victims and Pell grants are not.

Oct. 11 2013 11:30 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

I think Brian asked some good questions, and got some good answers back. He sounds fairly rational to me. If I were in New Jersey, I'd vote for him.

Oct. 11 2013 11:29 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

@ SCREW SOCIALISM (Edward) from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights:

Movie ticket prices are always high. I paid $7.00 for movie tickets in Boston in 1974.

@ john from office: Thank you.

Mr. Lonegan is just another far right, conservative Republitard, anti-abortion, etc. Now he says he's got two teachers in his family. I hope they're sticking to subjects where there is no issue regarding the facts, like biology, where they can try to refute evolution in favor of "creationism." I don't know that I'd want my children taught by anyone in his family.

Mr. Lonegan, you are going to lose. Face facts and bow out gracefully now so you don't have to walk away later with your tail between your legs.

Oct. 11 2013 11:28 AM

And yet the majority of Nj voters voted for BHO twice. Odd

Oct. 11 2013 11:28 AM
Joe from nearby

He keeps criticizing the current state of affairs but doesn't say how he'll fix it.

What's his plan?

Oct. 11 2013 11:28 AM
Scott

Lonegan sounds pretty reasonable even with all of Brian's not so subtle attack questions.

Oct. 11 2013 11:27 AM

This guy is FULL OF $#!%

Oct. 11 2013 11:27 AM
antonio from baySide

"What's the matter with Bogata?"

Oct. 11 2013 11:27 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

I think Brian asked some good questions, and got some good answers back. He sounds fairly rational to me. If I were in New Jersey, I'd vote for him.

Oct. 11 2013 11:26 AM
BK from Hoboken

@Max-
Every single person regardless of age or income is eligible for Medicare if they have end stage renal failure (ie dialysis is required). You or your friend are wrong.

Oct. 11 2013 11:26 AM
Dan

When the GOP completely fractures in the near future, will he be on the business side or the tea party side?

Oct. 11 2013 11:26 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

So - New Jerseyans, who pay in taxes than they get back from D.C. than most States, shouldn't get back their own money when they need it, after a devastating storm?

But - they should vote for this guy, to represent them in the senate? OK then.

Oct. 11 2013 11:25 AM
antonio from baySide

PLEASE ASK THIS ----> "Being the ACA is originally a REP idea, does this mean he is proclaiming the tea party is making a clear distinction from the GOP?"

Oct. 11 2013 11:24 AM
John

Max stop making stuff up, no one believes you.

Oct. 11 2013 11:23 AM
Joe from nearby

Brian-
Please ask him about the recent polls.
"NBC/WSJ Poll: Republican Popularity At Lowest Ever, Obamacare Popularity Rises"
http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/10/11/nbcwsj-poll-republican-popularity-at-lowest-ever-obamacare-popularity-rises/

Also ask about his involvement with the ultraconservative group Americans For Prosperity.

Oct. 11 2013 11:21 AM
antonio from baySide

Wait, where is he getting his polling data... FOX News? There polls today, from Wall St Journal/NBC which show the opposite.
How can he say the ACA is a failure? It just came out? Aside from the tech problems, there have been overwhelming interest, at the very least....

Oct. 11 2013 11:21 AM
Larry from Brooklyn

What ingenuousness.

I received that letter about health care exchange options from my employer and it did produce a little confusion. The law requires that people with insurance through their job be informed about the exchanges. It does not require them to switch insurance.

Oct. 11 2013 11:20 AM
Max from Northern NJ

Re: The Affordable Care Act/Obamacare

A teller at my bank, who suffers kidney disease and is a regular dialysis patient, told me that her health care expenses will increase $19,800 once the Affordable Care Act comes into force. That pretty much equals her salary.

Oct. 11 2013 11:20 AM

This Rebuts his argument of delaying... pulled FROM Think Progress: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/10/08/2747661/sebelius-2/

"the government delayed the business mandate — a provision that applies to just 4 percent of businesses — because it is extraneous to reform; the individual mandate is central to it. And, maintaining the delicate balance of the law’s health care marketplaces and keeping premiums affordable is more important than the perceived unfairness of starting two separate provisions a year apart.

The fact is, the administration passed Obamacare to correct an unfairness in the health system that allowed insurance companies to cherry pick who got coverage, how much they paid for coverage, and when that coverage could be terminated. Before Obamacare became the law of the land, people lost their insurance if they lost their jobs and often found themselves one illness away from bankruptcy. The nation’s health care system was unfair to them and to the insured population, which paid higher premiums as a result"

Oct. 11 2013 11:19 AM
BK from Hoboken

Good Lord when will these people stop threatening about doctors not taking Medicare?! I work in healthcare, and if you ask the vast majority of doctors who pays best and quickest with the least hassle, it's Medicare. Unless a doctor works in a high cash paying practice (plastic surgery, dermatology, etc), NO doctor can afford to turn away Medicare. I call BS Mr Lonegan.

Oct. 11 2013 11:19 AM
John

Yikes! So glad this goon doesn't have a chance to win.

Oct. 11 2013 11:19 AM
Dan

Does he align himself with Ted Cruz?

Oct. 11 2013 11:18 AM
Joe from nearby

Brian-
Will you call him out on all his bs this time?

Oct. 11 2013 11:16 AM
SCREW SOCIALISM from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Oops.

Oct. 11 2013 10:50 AM
SCREW SOCIALISM from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heigts

Why are moviet ticket prices so HIGH?

A movie theater on Broadway in the UWS charges $15 for an adult ticket!

Seems to me that movie theaters are pricing themselves out of existence.

Oct. 11 2013 10:49 AM
Scott

I think it says something about Booker that Lonegan is still in this race. If you believe that Booker has been a godsend for Newark, you would be convinced otherwise after a short visit. Lonegan's attacks on Booker's leadership of Newark appears to be working.

Oct. 11 2013 10:23 AM

How about some interviews with the other candidates??? Eugene LaVergne would be my pick. I may still vote for him just so he has numbers worth reporting on the day after Booker is elected.

Oct. 11 2013 09:30 AM
john from office

Brian, please have some brass and ask this moron some hard questions about the Tea Party and its "policies".

Also just for kicks as him :
1) Where was Obama born
2) is the earth round or flat
3) What is his position on Global Warming
4) Is Obama a Muslim
5) Evolution?? Fact or fiction
6) Slavery? good Idea or bad??

These would lead to interesting answers
Mr. Lonegan is an example of the angry white guy who cannot accept a black man in the whitehouse and has a viseral responce to the Obama administration. He would just create more friction in Washington.

Oct. 11 2013 09:04 AM

Recently heard the federal government is the largest employer in Utah and unemployment claims spiked last week there.
Concerning other red state socialism if Lonegan was to win would he seek to end the farmer welfare project and other farm subsidies to big businesses.

Oct. 11 2013 08:05 AM

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