Amid some diner booth groans about the lack of a true fire-breathing conservative in the mold of Bret Schundler or Steve Loengan in this year’s Republican Primary for Governor, former Bogota Mayor Lonegan is preparing to make his voice heard in the contest.
Lonegan met with Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16) last week and now has a sit down scheduled with Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno.
By Republican Primary standards in this state, Guadagno and Ciattarelli project mostly moderate views, compared to Lonegan, who ran a fierce, movement conservative campaign for governor in 2009 to the right of eventual winner Chris Christie. Lonegan also developed a following out of his 2005 run for governor and a 2013 bid for the United States Senate.
Speaking on condition of anonymity to InsiderNJ, one Republican insider said part of Ciattarelli’s challenge in a square-off with party favorite Guadagno is his lack of traction with Lonegan-fangled Republicans on social issues.