Newspaper article Roll Call

Special Election Underdog Meets with Club for Growth #NJSEN

Newspaper article Roll Call

Special Election Underdog Meets with Club for Growth #NJSEN

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Steve Lonegan, the underdog and likely Republican nominee in New Jersey's Senate special election, is making the rounds in Washington, D.C., this week.

The goal of the meetings: to prove there is a path to victory in the solidly Democratic Garden State and encourage financial assistance in the Oct. 16 special. Newark Mayor Cory Booker, for whom Oprah is headlining a fundraiser Thursday night, is favored to win the Democratic nomination.

With less than two weeks to go before the Aug. 13 primaries, Lonegan met with the Club for Growth and is scheduled to sit down Friday with the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Lonegan, 57 and legally blind, said in an interview with CQ Roll Call and the Rothenberg Political Report that he was also planning to meet with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul in an effort to secure endorsements from both Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie -- who publicly feuded in recent days.

He's been endorsed by five of the state's six Republican members of Congress so far and hopes to soon lock up the backing of Rep. …

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