Palin endorses Lonegan in New Jersey Senate race
October 3rd, 2013
12:32 AM ET
11 months ago

Palin endorses Lonegan in New Jersey Senate race

(CNN) – Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has thrown her support behind Steve Lonegan in New Jersey's special U.S. Senate race.

The former Alaska governor released a statement Wednesday promoting the Republican nominee's conservative principles while criticizing Democratic opponent Cory Booker’s “constant tweeting and trips to Hollywood” and leadership as mayor of Newark.

“Steve asked for my support, and today I officially endorse his candidacy. I encourage voters in New Jersey to give Steve a look and not believe those in the media who tell us conservatives can't win in certain areas! Steve's own electoral history proves that theory untrue,” Palin said.

Palin is the latest Republican heavyweight to endorse Lonegan, joining New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

With just two weeks to go until the special Senate election, recent polls show Booker with double-digit leads over Lonegan, the former mayor of Bogota, New Jersey. The Republican candidate, however, has pointed to momentum in the closing weeks of the campaign as the Newark mayor’s lead has narrowed in recent polls.

Booker’s campaign is also leading his Republican opponent financially, raising $2.85 million in the last two months to Lonegan’s over $1 million in that same period, and has benefitted from high-profile endorsements and Hollywood fundraisers.

Longean and Booker will face off on October 16 in an election to fill the remainder of the term left vacant after Sen. Frank Lautenberg's death.

CNN’s Paul Steinhauser, Gabe LaMonica and Martina Stewart contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2013 • Cory Booker • New Jersey • Sarah Palin • Steve Lonegan
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. just me

    Well, his career is over. Best of luck in your lobbying endeavors.

    October 3, 2013 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  2. based on fact

    Poor guy.

    October 3, 2013 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  3. iizthatiiz

    On October 16, New Jersey has the choice of two mayors to send to the U.S. Senate. Only one of these mayor's has embraced and governed by the values of New Jersey's state motto – "Liberty and Prosperity."

    During one mayor's tenure his town's unemployment nearly doubled, taxes skyrocketed, and violent crime increased; but in fairness, Newark Mayor Cory Booker may not have noticed these facts between his constant tweeting and trips to Hollywood.

    Contrast this with Mayor Steve Lonegan. As mayor, Steve cut wasteful spending, eliminated wasteful services, stabilized taxes, and reduced debt. Perhaps it was Steve's prior experience as a successful small business owner and entrepreneur that encouraged him to lead with conservative principles. He understands that government is too often the problem, not the solution.

    Steve asked for my support, and today I officially endorse his candidacy. I encourage voters in New Jersey to give Steve a look and not believe those in the media who tell us conservatives can't win in certain areas! Steve's own electoral history proves that theory untrue.

    New Jersey deserves better! Steve Lonegan will fight to preserve our Liberty against government regulations like Obamacare that seek to limit our Prosperity. Let's come together, turn out, work hard, and elect conservative Steve Lonegan to the U.S. Senate on October 16!

    Sarah Palin – October 2nd, 2013

    October 3, 2013 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  4. GlenwoodLee

    Wow. Asking Palin for support. YOU LOSER!

    October 3, 2013 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  5. Name

    Palin endorsement is just like someone sitting on the gun powder. Mediocre.

    October 3, 2013 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  6. boungiorno

    interesting hollywood endorsers

    October 3, 2013 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  7. Thomas

    The former Alaska governor released a statement Wednesday promoting the Republican nominee's conservative principles while criticizing Democratic opponent Cory Booker’s “constant tweeting and trips to Hollywood”.

    As if the Moose Mama herself dose not tweet constantly and wishes she could could go to Hollywood .

    Palin is the latest Republican heavyweight to endorse Lonegan, joining New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

    Wow , Rick Perry , the guy who makes GW Bush look like a super genus .
    This is the Bimbo " Sarah Palin " who endorsed Ted Cruz as a patriot .

    October 3, 2013 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  8. troppo1

    Looks like he will never win now, thanks Sara

    October 3, 2013 04:01 am at 4:01 am |
  9. Name Kevin

    You've got to be kidding, this lunatic is back in the spotlight. I'm sure the people of New Jersey are not fooled by this simpleton.

    October 3, 2013 04:20 am at 4:20 am |
  10. Mike

    We can only prey she endorses Ted Cruz and the Tea Party. Palin is the the gift that keeps on giving.

    October 3, 2013 04:30 am at 4:30 am |
  11. old guy in West Virginia

    The article describes Palin as a Republican "heavyweight." Now, that is true of Christie and Rand Paul, but Palin's not a heavyweight even in the now-fallen-off-Wingnut-Cliff GOP. Sure, she can fire up the anger (and the hormones) of room-temperature-IQ of the TP base. But very few people even slightly to the left of the far-right ditch regard her with any degree of respect. Most people have long known that he is a shallow media creature. And she reinforces that assessment with nearly every one of her pronouncements. In this election, she won't deliver any vote to Lonegan that he wouldn't have gotten anyway.

    October 3, 2013 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
  12. SARAH - 1/2 TERM QUITTER

    Why does CNN continue to publish anything this Loser say. STOP SAYING "heavy weight". Heavy weight with what? Nonsense. Can't you see this woman doesn't even have a brain. Just listen to her rambling when she speaks on another cable channel. This woman is only about selling her "Christmas book" . She has wane so badly. She is a sore loser.

    October 3, 2013 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  13. Tampa Tim

    Republicans are becoming the permanent minority, and they deserve it. While they can't get over the fact that they lost the Civil War, they also lost the battles for social security and Medicare, they have now lost the battle of ACA; they are also on the wrong side of every important issue in America: 90% of Americans want gun reform, repubs oppose common sense regulations. 70% do not want the government shut down to repeal Obamacare, yet the repubs in congress did just that. Over 60% want immigration reform, and the GOP opposes it.

    October 3, 2013 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  14. Tampa Tim

    Maybe he can get some of that Sarah PAC money that is so hard to get dispersed.

    October 3, 2013 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  15. Buck from Texas

    Please tell me. Who care what Palin thinks?

    October 3, 2013 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  16. Marie MD

    Thank you CNN for reminding us that this screecher from AK was instrumental, with the koch brothers backing, in making sure the teatards got elected to congress.
    We are having enough problems as a country. We don't need to see this (w)itch anywhere right now.

    October 3, 2013 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  17. Warren

    Now there is a big surprise.

    October 3, 2013 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  18. Gurgyl

    Obama, do not budge even single inch on these nation's TERRORIST. Any way these animals will leave in 2014. No fool ever votes for GOP thugs.

    October 3, 2013 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  19. Name

    What good will that do for him?who cares about anything she say i means look at her nothing constructive come out of her brain

    October 3, 2013 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  20. sifto

    another liberal "plant" article to bring out the biased hate of liberals....

    October 3, 2013 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  21. kirk

    So he is guilty of abandoning his office to go to Hollywood? This is pure hypocracy, she resigned to do a TV show, and he's guilty? She is incredibly offensive!

    October 3, 2013 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  22. wwf

    That was the kiss of death for her candidate. Should have just kept her mouth shut. Sorry, I forgot that there were only 7 wonders in the world.

    October 3, 2013 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  23. kirk

    Does anyone really want to hear what she has to say, she campaigning, again, the most clueless puppet in puppetland.

    October 3, 2013 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  24. A Kickin' Donkey

    He's done for now . . . Snooki Palin will be the kiss of death with informed thinking NJ voters.

    October 3, 2013 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  25. bassman

    Let the Palin hating begin...

    October 3, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |