Save Jersey has called the contentious Republican primary in the third Congressional District for former Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur.
In a contest of carpetbaggers to replace retiring Congressman Jon Runyan in the House of Representatives, MacArthur beat former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan handedly.
With 70% of the votes counted in the Burlington County portion of the district and 63% counted in Ocean County, MacArthur is leading with 63% of the vote.
MacArthur will face off against Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard in November. Belgard trounced Howard Kleinhendler of Lakewood with almost 80% of the vote. Kleinhendler was the Democratic nominee against Congressman Chris Smith in the 4th district in 2010.
Posted: June 3rd, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2014 Congressional Races, 2014 Elections, Steve Lonegan, Tom MacArthur | Tags: Aimee Belgard, CD-3 Tom MacArthur, Howard Kleinhendler, NJ-3, Steve Lonegan | 1 Comment »
In the race to replace Congressman Jon Runyan as the GOP nominee in the 3rd congressional district (Ocean and Burlington counties) former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan is doing what anyone who has observed New Jersey politics for the last twenty years expected he would do. He’s attacking his opponent, former Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur, as a tax and spend RINO who paid for the GOP establishment support. In the race between carpetbaggers, Lonegan is attacking MacArthur for be a worse carpetbagger.
MacArthur has the support of the Burlington and Ocean GOP machines. Lonegan, who beat Cory Booker in the district in last October’s special U.S. Senate election, has superior name recognition, a PolitickerNJ commissioned poll that gives him a huge lead, and his trademark attention getting rhetoric.
MacArthur counter-attacked Lonegan in a Open Letter last week by calling him desperate, negative, angry, caustic and creepy. All the things Lonegan’s supporters love about the guy.
MacArthur took particular umbrage to the fact that a Lonegan supporter did some opposition research by visiting the facebook page of MacArthur’s 16 year-old daughter and blogged anonymously about it.
Moreover, I am appalled that you are promoting an anonymous internet blog by a person or organization who has clearly spent a considerable amount of time spying on my 16-year old daughter’s Facebook page in search of an issue to use against her father in a political campaign.
Frankly, Steve, it’s creepy.
What salacious dirt did Lonegan’s blogger dig up on MacArthur’s daughter on facebook? She lists herself as a student at Randolph High School which is 90 miles away from the 3rd district.
Posted: April 8th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2014 Congressional Races, Steve Lonegan, Tom MacArthur | Tags: 2014 Congressional Elections, Burlington County GOP, CD-3, Jon Runyan, Ocean County GOP, Tom MacArthur | Comments Off on MacArthur counter-punches Lonegan In CD-3