The state’s largest gay rights advocacy group is telling Steve Lonegan to end his race for Congress in New Jersey’s 5th district amidst allegations that Lonegan called a colleague a “fundamentalist faggot” in 2006. A Star-Ledger editorial called on the former Bogota mayor to drop out.
“Garden State Equality could not agree more with the Star Ledger in calling for Steve Lonegan to quit the race for Congress due to his past use of an anti-gay slur. This hateful comment, in addition to his extremist views, use of threats, and biased record against gay rights, is all the proof voters need of Lonegan’s inadequacy,” said Christian Fuscarino, Executive Director, Garden State Equality. We’ve already seen what it’s like when someone explosive and quick-tempered is put in a position of power. Garden State Equality stands with NJ.com in the call for Steve Lonegan to step down from the race for Congress.”
One Republican insider suggested that attacks on Lonegan by the Star-Ledger and Garden State Equality might serve to boost his campaign for the Republican nomination against former Cresskill councilman John McCann.
The winner of the primary will face freshman Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) in the general election.