Steve Lonegan Makes “Contenders” List for NRCC Young Guns Program

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May 3, 2018

Steve Lonegan Makes “Contenders” List
for NRCC Young Guns Program

Hackensack, NJ -- The Lonegan for Congress campaign is announcing that Steve Lonegan has been added to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Young Guns “Contenders” list. The development is a major one for the campaign which seeks to oust liberal Democrat Josh Gottheimer in the 5th District this fall. Lonegan is the only New Jersey candidate to make the list.

“We are proud to announce that our campaign is 1 of only 14 across the country to have made the Young Guns ‘Contenders’ list, the second-tier of the Young Guns program,” averred Lonegan. “Our campaign has received donations from over 2,600 individual donors and has a grassroots and digital effort that reaches over 20,000 voters every week, and those numbers are growing.”

“Being added to the Young Guns 'Contenders' list is indicative of the strength of our campaign and shows that we are in great position to win in November. Having the support of the NRCC will go a long way to ensure that happens.”

From the press release by the National Republican Congressional Campaign:

WASHINGTON – The NRCC today added 14 candidates to its Young Guns “Contenders” phase–the second tier of the Young Guns program. To be included, Republican candidates must meet specific goals throughout the cycle to ensure their campaigns are able to operate effectively.

“We have no shortage of compelling, hardworking candidates on our side. The NRCC is thrilled to continue supporting these candidates’ campaigns,” said NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers.
“The equation of the NRCC’s resources and organization combined with our contenders’ strong grassroots efforts is something that should keep Democrats up at night.”

According to the NRCC, “Contender is the second level of the Young Guns program. Contender candidates have completed stringent program metrics and are on the path to developing a mature and competitive campaign operation.  They are in congressional seats that appear favorable to the GOP candidate.”

The 14 Young Guns Contenders can be found here and we are among them:


Lonegan has already been endorsed by U.S. Senator Rand Paul, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, Former Presidential Candidate Steve Forbes, Corey Lewandowski, Former Trump Campaign Manager, Dave Bossie, Former Trump Campaign Deputy Campaign Manager, The Tea Party Express, Senator Gerry Cardinale, Senator Mike Doherty, Senator Joe Pennacchio, Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space, Assemblyman Hal Wirths, Assemblyman John DiMaio, Assemblyman Erik Peterson, Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce, Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi, Warren County Freeholder Director Richard D. Gardner, Warren County Freeholder Deputy Director Edward J. Smith, Warren County Freeholder Jason J. Sarnoski, Sussex County Freeholder Deputy Director Sylvia Petillo, Sussex County Freeholder Herbert Yardley, Former Sussex County Freeholder Phillip Crabb, Mrs. Ann Kievit, President of the Northwest New Jersey Taxpayers' Association, Rev. Greg Quinlan, President of the Center for Garden State Families on behalf of New Jersey for a Conservative Majority, Alexander Roubian, President of the New Jersey Second Amendment Society (NJ2AS), New Jersey Right to Life PAC, The Jewish Voice and Opinion, and Sussex County State Committeewoman Jill Space.

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Common-sense conservative Republican Steve Lonegan is a loving father, grandfather, and a successful business owner who will make jobs, term limits, and lower taxes his primary focus as our next congressman. Steve is hardworking, outspoken, and dedicated to you and your family. Steve has a lifelong record of selfless public service. Steve has taken on the tough fights that few others will. Steve and his wife Lorraine (Rossi), who have been longtime parishioners of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bogota, live in Hackensack and have two adult daughters, Katharine and Brooke.


Steve Lonegan for Congress