The rift between Steve Lonegan and Murray Sabrin goes back to 2008.
Sabrin said he supported Lonegan for governor in 2005 then went to the former Bogota mayor seeking support for his own 2008 U.S. Senate bid.
“That support was not forthcoming,” said Sabrin, a professor of economics at Ramapo College.
Sabrin said he opposed Lonegan’s 2009 flat tax hike for low- and middle-income families and Lonegan’s recent embrace of crony capitalism, evidenced by Lonegan’s support for a ban on gambling outside of Atlantic City.
Sabrin claims part of the reason Lonegan did not support him was because Sabrin opposed the Iraq War, and for that Sabrin has a term for Lonegan: neo-con.
“He supports a Bush-Cheney foreign policy, and we all see how that turned out,” Sabrin said.
Sabrin this year supports Dr. Alieta Eck for the vacant U.S. Senate seat, which Lonegan wants.
The Lonegan Campaign has challenged the validity of Eck’s signatures and today went before an administrative law judge seeking relief.
Sabrin said if Lonegan were a true movement conservative he would accept the challenge from Eck and go before the voters embracing the contest.
While not personally involved in her petition drive, he said; Sabrin said he trusts Eck will survive scrutiny of her petition signatures. “It’s a character issue,” said the economist. “I would trust John and Alieta Eck with my life.”
The Lonegan campaign slapped aside Sabrin’s criticisms as misplaced hurt feelings.
“Steve Lonegan did not support Seth Grossman for governor and Seth Grossman is supporting Steve Lonegan for senate,” said Rick Shaftan. “Everybody’s united.”