Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan will formally launch his Republican bid for Congress in the 5th District on Thursday.
“Please join us at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 24th as Steve announces his bid for Congress to represent not only the citizens of CD-5, but the State of New Jersey,” reads an announcement to supporters.
“As you know, Steve has fought tirelessly for the taxpayers of NJ and he has the track record to prove it,” the email adds. “We need Steve in D.C. to defend all that has made our country great and to fight against, and stand up to, those who want to tear it down. We want someone there who will not only talk the talk, but actually walk the walk.”
A movement conservative, Lonegan ran statewide several times in the last decade, notably in 2005 and 2009 for governor; and then in 2013 for U.S. Senate. This will not be his first congressional run. He took on Tom MacArthur in 2014 for a vacant House seat in CD3.
The Bergen and Sussex-based 5th District was Republican for years before Democrat U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer flipped it last year with his win over Republican incumbent Scott Garrett.