Lonegan: Booker can’t govern Newark without Christie

At a press conference at his home in Bogota, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan told reporters that he takes pride in the maintenance and appearance of his lawn and property.

“It’s a contrast to the way Cory Booker keeps his properties,” he said, alluding to the Central Ward corner house Booker gave away to Newark Now for $1.

PolitickerNJ.com asked Lonegan on a conference call if he was disappointed by Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to appear at a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier today with Lonegan’s Democratic opponent.

“He’s the governor, that’s what he does,” Lonegan said. “Governor Chris Christie made a very clear point today, which is that Cory Booker cannot govern Newark without the governor’s help. And crime is still up. The school dropout rate is still up. Cory Booker has still failed. The governor being there highlights perfectly that Cory Booker can’t do it without him.

“When I was the mayor of Bogota I didn’t rely on the governor like that,” he added.

PolitickerNJ.com asked Lonegan what he thought about Booker running a campaign without answering reporters’ questions, or at least not supplying press availability for two-plus weeks.

“Cory Booker does not want to answer your questions,” Lonegan said. “He doesn’t want to consider questions about the separation agreement with Trenk DiPasquale. I think he’s corrupt and he’s disgraceful. The Star-Ledger should reveal the details of his separation agreement. I’m available to the press, and I want to be as open and transparent as possible. My opponent will go on the Jimmy Fallon show and take Jimmy’s questions but if you want to find out where he is you have to go out and hire a private investigator. If you want public information from City Hall you have to file a lawsuit.

“It’s not fair to the people of New Jersey to think of this man becoming senator, it’s not fair to the taxpayers, and I won’t have it,” the candidate added.

"I’m excited as hell about CD 5. We have encouraged Congressman [Steve] Israel to get involved in CD 5."
—Democratic State Party Chairman John Currie