According to an announcement by the Republican today, Lonegan has been named the New Jersey State Chair of Cruz’s presidential campaign, launched four months ago amid much fanfare. In a press release, the Tea Party standard bearer called Lonegan a “tireless advocate for taxpayers,” and praised his work as a conservative activist in the state.
The pick up represents a return to New Jersey politics for Lonegan, who departed the state for a period of time after he was defeated in a testy congressional bid in South Jersey’s third legislative district last year. Before that, Lonegan ran for a U.S. Senate seat in a special election against then-Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D-NJ), and twice lost earlier bids for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.
One of those bids was against Gov. Chris Christie, of whom Lonegan has been one of the state’s most vocal critics. He once accused the establishment Republican of treating the party’s leadership in the state “like a bunch of cheap hookers that have been thrown to the curb after being used.”