Former U.S. Senate candidate turned CD 3 hopeful Steve Lonegan says he’s more than confident he’ll secure party establishment support after Ocean County Republicans conducted a screening this weekend.
Lonegan, who recently relocated to CD 3 in hopes to succeed U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-NJ), says he’s going into the upcoming screening with confidence.
“I anticipate not only getting Ocean County support, but also I expect to clear the field,” Lonegan told PolitickerNJ.
“I am very hopful about getting support [Saturday],” he said.
The former Bogota mayor who unsuccessfully ran a U.S. Senate campaign against Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) suggested he would consider taking his name out of the running without county establishment support, but said he’s confident he won’t be faced with that decision.
“I would consider that,” he said. “[But] losing is not an option and I don’t think that will be the case.”
Ocean County Republicans are expected to screen candidates Saturday.
Lonegan – who’s vying for the open seat against several Republicans, including former Randolph Township Mayor Tom MacArthur and Toms River Councilman Maurice “Mo” Hill – is not considered a favorite among the Burlington County establishment.