Christie wins Union GOP convention with 74%; Lonegan gets 21%; Merkt beats Levine for 3rd

Former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie won the Union County Republican convention today, defeating former Bogota Mayor Steven Lonegan 294-83 to run on the organization line in the June Republican gubernatorial primary.

Assemblyman Rick Merkt (R-Mendham) finished third with 9 votes, followed by Franklin Township Mayor Brian D. Levine with 5 votes. South Brunswick inventor David Brown received 4 votes.

The final results:
Christie 74.4%
Lonegan 21.0%
Merkt 2.3%
Levine 1.3%
Brown 1.0%

Morris County Freeholder James Murray and Newark businessman Dennis Knight did not participate in the Union convention.

Union is the second county organization to endorse Christie this week. He was awarded the Monmouth County line on Wednesday by County Chairman Joseph Oxley after a meeting of the party screening committee.

Christie wins Union GOP convention with 74%; Lonegan gets 21%; Merkt beats Levine for 3rd