Lonegan currently lives at least 70 miles away from the 3rd District in the borough of Bogota, N.J., where he served as mayor for three terms, ending in 2007. However, he confirmed to the Star-Ledger that he's closing on a house in the district. He said he doesn't expect his status as a new arrival to hinder his chances.
"Over the past decade or more, I’ve spent an awful lot of time in Ocean and Burlington. I’ve had a strong presence there. I performed very well. I’ll be living there a year before I even get sworn in," said Lonegan. "By October that’s old news."
In addition to his Senate bid last year, Lonegan has previously run two unsuccessful gubernatorial campaigns. He also lost a House race to former Rep. Steve Rothman (D) in 1998.