Lonegan would move to Ocean County to run in CD3

Steve Lonegan says he would move to Ocean County if he runs for Congress in the Third District.

“Yes, I would move there,” Lonegan told PolitickerNJ.com, which first reported on developments around a Lonegan run in CD3.

“We’re selling our house anyway and my wife has been pushing me to move down the shore,” said the former mayor of Bogota. “We love that whole stretch down there. I love the ocean. I love to fish. I want a condo where I can just walk outside, walk across the beach and surf.”

He will be house hunting after the Thanksgiving holiday, he told PNJ.

Lonegan said he wouldn’t run in CD 3 off the line, and would run for the seat U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-3) is vacating only if Republican Leadership wants him.

“Absolutely not,” he said of an anti-establishment run. “I’m a team player and the party needs to be unified. The Democrats are already raising money for this race.

“This is going to be a very hard-hitting race,” he added.

GOP sources fret about Lonegan’s opposition to federal Hurricane Sandy funding, however.

Lonegan, who lost in October by 11 points to U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), said his movement conservative views evidently did not stop the voters from backing him.

“Look how I did in Ocean and Monmouth,” he said. “I won the district with 54% of the vote.”

Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard, a Democrat, is running for the seat.

So is Assemblyman Dave Wolfe (R-10).

Lonegan would move to Ocean County to run in CD3