Ahead Of Fundraiser, Lonegan Wants The World To Know He Has Christie’s Back

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Likely New Jersey congressional candidate Steve Lonegan wanted to make it clear on Wednesday that he supports Gov. Chris Christie (R) despite the scandal that has plagued the governor’s office in recent weeks.

The announcement came the day before Christie is scheduled to hold a fundraiser for Lonegan.

“Governor Christie has always been a strong leader for the people of New Jersey. In recent days, this has never been clearer,” said Lonegan, who lost a U.S. Senate race to Cory Booker (D-NJ) last year and has said he intends to run for Congress this year. “I was inspired by the Governor’s transparency in bringing the details of the situation to light, as well as his swift action to hold accountable those that were responsible.”

Lonegan went on to express confidence the investigations into the Christie administration’s role in last September’s lane closures on the George Washington Bridge will not find any evidence of wrongdoing by the governor.

“I am confident that the Assembly’s Special Investigation Committee will find what is already known to the people of New Jersey – that Governor Christie’s leadership is an example that should be followed by those who are attempting to suppress him with continuous partisan droning,” said Lonegan.

Christie, who endorsed Lonegan’s Senate bid last year, is scheduled to hold a fundraiser for him Thursday.

“I am very grateful of Governor Christie’s support during my Senatorial campaign, and I am looking forward to being with him and many of our supporters tomorrow night,” Lonegan said.

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