Frequent candidate and former Bogota (NJ) Mayor Steve Lonegan (R) announced that he will challenge freshman Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wycoff) in the Bergen County-anchored congressional district next year. The 5th had been in Republican hands since Franklin Roosevelt was first elected President, but was lost last year when incumbent Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Sussex County) fell to Mr. Gottheimer. It is likely the Republican leadership will continue their recruitment efforts for a stronger candidate.
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