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Dem Candidates Targeted on Menendez Admonishment

The Star-Ledger called on Steve Lonegan to drop out over past use of anti-gay slurs.

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Drew Gerber
May 2, 2018, 10:28 a.m.

“The Senate Ethics Committee’s ‘severe’ admonishment of” Sen. Bob Menendez (D) “last week over gifts received from and favors done for a friend gave some much-needed ammunition to New Jersey Republicans who are running in a state where President Donald Trump’s deep unpopularity is threatening to make it the crest of an incoming Democratic wave. … In the 2nd Congressional District, where” Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R) is retiring, former governor candidate Hirsh Singh (R) called on state Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D) to “join me in standing up for the people of South Jersey and demand Menendez’s resignation.” In NJ-11, state Assemblyman Jay Webber (R) called out former Navy helicopter pilot Mikie Sherrill (D) “for not commenting on the committee’s findings.” (Politico)

NJ-05: The editorial board of the Star-Ledger is calling for former Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan (R) should drop out of the race for anti-gay slurs during his tenure as mayor. “Back in 2006 … he turned to a Republican councilman and called him a ‘fundamentalist faggot piece of shit,’ according to the councilman, and a witness who testified under oath.” The former mayor “denies it … [b]ut there is no evidence he denied it in 2006, when the charges first surfaced. And even this month, his campaign spokesman didn’t deny it when confronted with the quotes, and conceded that Lonegan used ‘some naughty words.’” (Newark Star-Ledger)


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