An e-mail from a key supporter of Steven Lonegan, who opted out of competing for organizational endorsements in the race for the Republican nomination for Governor, sends a clear signal that the former Bogota Mayor may be assembling his own slates of candidate for the Legislature, Freeholder and State Committee in the June primary.
"We must give Steve Lonegan good ballot position even if we fail to get the endorsements at these two conventions. We can do that by getting other candidates to run for office, and then bracketing their names with Steve's," wrote Seth Grossman, a former Atlantic County Freeholder and Lonegan ally. "If we don't do this, Chris Christie will have a full slate of candidates below his name, while Steve Lonegan will have no candidates with his name, and his name will be buried with losing candidates with no other bracketed candidates."
Grossman was arrested with Lonegan during a demonstration outside Gov. Jon Corzine's Town Hall meeting last year. The arrest allowed Lonegan to seize the story of toll hike recommendations from the Governor.
Grossman says that he has already found Freeholder candidates in Atlantic and Cape May counties, and State Committee candidates in Atlantic, Camden, Cumberland, and Gloucester County.
The full e-mail:
I am Seth Grossman. I am a lawyer in Somers Point, and I host an afternoon radio program on www.wibg.com 1020AM in Ocean City. Steve asked me to help him in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Camden, Gloucester, and Salem counties.
However, we must give Steve Lonegan good ballot position even if we fail to get the endorsements at these two conventions. We can do that by getting other candidates to run for office, and then bracketing their names with Steve's.
If we don't do this, Chris Christie will have a full slate of candidates below his name, while Steve Lonegan will have no candidates with his name, and his name will be buried with losing candidates with no other bracketed candidates.
If you would like to be a candidate for the vacant State Senate in the 6th Legislative District (Suburban Camden, Burlington Counties), you need 100 signatures on a nominating petition, and it must be filed by next Monday, April 6.
If you want to run for any of the 8 General Assembly seats in the counties south of Burlington County, please let me know.
We also need candidates for freeholder and State Committeeman and State Committeeman in each county. Petitions for all of these offices need 100 signatures. Please call me if you have any questions concerning the duties of these positions. Again, the filing deadline is next Monday, April 6.
You can find sample petition forms at:
ttp://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/nomination_petitions_doe.html and http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/petitions/2009-petitions/09-nom-petition-primary-gen-assembly(w)-012909.pdf. Just cross out the words "general assembly", and replace them with the words "Republican State Committee" or "County Freeholder" as the case may be.
Before you submit your petition, you should also complete form to choose a slogan, "Conservative Republicans — Putting Taxpayers First", and to bracket your name with that of Steve Lonegan.
While you are getting signatures to qualify yourself for Republican State Committee, please also circulate Steve Lonegan's petition as well, so he can get more than 7,500 signatures. This would demonstrate
his popular support throughout the state.
9. Based on very informal discussions, I believe that the following persons may have an interest in running for the following State Committee or State or County Offices:
ATLANTIC: Assembly (1st Legislative District)
Freeholder: Derek Brown
State Committee: Joe Nickels and Susan Sandman
CAMDEN: Senate (6th Legislative District):
Assembly (6th Legislative District):
State Committee: ??? And Diane Seneca
CAPE MAY: Assembly (1st Legislative District):
Freeholder: Benedict Murphy
State Committee: Tim Phelans and ???
CUMBERLAND: Assembly (1st Legislative District):
Assembly (3rd Legislative District): Dr. Robert Villare
State Committee: Paul Porreca, Jr. — Do NOT run candidate against Gloria Noto without her consent.
GLOUCESTER: Assembly (3rd Legislative District): Dr. Robert Villare
State Committee: Rob Eichmann and Donna Ward
SALEM: To be determined after Convention on March 31, 2009
10. If anyone would like to help Steve Lonegan by running for any of the above offices, and bracketing your name with that of Steve Lonegan, please contact me right away. If anyone needs more information, please contact me.
FINALLY, IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO, PLEASE GO TO www.lonegan.com an sign up as a volunteer. By doing this, you will be in direct e-mail contact with the campaign. Thanks again.
Seth Grossman, Attorney
Seth Grossman & Robert Loefflad
453 Shore Road
Somers Point, NJ 08244
FAX (609) 927-7755