Runyan Calls GOP Primary ‘Ugly as Hell’

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Jack Fitzpatrick
June 2, 2014, 7:15 a.m.

Rep. Jon Run­yan (R) called the Re­pub­lic­an primary to re­place him “ugly as hell” and cri­ti­cized former Bogota May­or Steve Loneg­an (R) for be­ing “way too ab­ras­ive” to win a gen­er­al elec­tion in the mod­er­ate dis­trict. Loneg­an has in­sisted he is the only true con­ser­vat­ive in the race. “That’s what lib­er­als say about con­ser­vat­ives all the time - con­ser­vat­ives who want to end the wel­fare state,” he said.

Run­yan has en­dorsed former Ran­dolph May­or Tom Ma­cAr­thur (R) in the primary. The win­ner will face Bur­l­ing­ton County Free­hold­er Aimee Bel­gard (D). (Phil­adelphia In­quirer)

Ma­cAr­thur has de­fen­ded him­self against Loneg­an’s claim that the race is a “clas­sic battle” between the con­ser­vat­ive and lib­er­al wings of the Re­pub­lic­ans Party. “I un­der­stand why he wants to make it that,” Ma­cAr­thur said. “You can’t for­get that Steve Loneg­an tried very hard to get the sup­port of what he now calls the es­tab­lish­ment.” (Ne­wark Star-Ledger)


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