Kevin Collins has been let go as campaign manager of Steve Lonegan’s bid for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. Collins will not be replaced, at least not formally. As of today, the Lonegan campaign has eliminated titles for staffers.
Collins told PolitickerNJ.com that he viewed the direction of the campaign differently than Lonegan and his strategist, Rick Shaftan, and that the decision to leave the campaign was his.
Collins declined to say if he would still back Lonegan for the GOP nomination. “There are several fine candidates competing in the GOP primary and I wish each of them well. Steve’s decision to attempt to compete in a statewide primary without a campaign manager speaks for itself,” Collins said.
Collins was a top political advisor to Paul DiGaetano when he was Assembly Majority Leader, Minority Leader, and a candidate for the 2005 GOP nomination for Governor. He turned up in the public eye as the consultant in an especially nasty 2007 State Senate primary where his client, Todd Caliguire, lost to Kevin O’Toole.He is a former political director for the Bergen County Republican Organization and has managed statewide campaigns in New York.