Steve Lonegan

The former Mayor of Bogota and possible ’09 gubernatorial candidate (and unpaid PolitickerNJ.com columnist) continues to please the conservative wing of the New Jersey Republican party – although not necessarily the Libertarian wing. He led the opposition to Jon Corzine’s toll hike plan, and his brief arrest at the Governor’s town hall meeting put Lonegan in control of Corzine’s news cycle for two critical weeks.

"He’s obviously working very, very hard at it. I mean he’s traveling all over the country as chairman of the [Republican Governors Association] and I think at this point he has as good a chance or better than anybody else. His name is household word all across the country, and I think he would make a great president."
—former U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-3), on Gov. Chris Christie