Lonegan, Texas Gov. Rail Against 'Criminal' Obamacare

Stumping with Texas Gov. Rick Perry in Hasbrouck Heights, senate candidate Steve Lonegan defended shutdown of federal government over Obamacare.

Senate candidate Steve Lonegan stumping with Texas Gov. Rick Perry Oct. 1 / Credit: Devin McGinley
Senate candidate Steve Lonegan stumping with Texas Gov. Rick Perry Oct. 1 / Credit: Devin McGinley

U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan picked a fight against President Obama's sweeping health care reforms at a rally alongside Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday.

In the final stretch of his campaign to fill New Jersey's vacant senate seat, Lonegan appeared in Hasbrouck Heights to wrap up a day of Garden State appearances with Perry.

A day into shutdown of the federal government, Lonegan called on Republicans in Congress to “hold the line” against the health care law.

Failed budget negotiations in the last week pitted conservative Republican attempts to stall the implementation of Obamacare against a Democratic senate. The shutdown, the first in 17 years, began the day enrollments in the health care exchange set up by the Affordable Care Act were slated to begin.

Perry, a former Republican presidential candidate, made two appearances earlier Tuesday in Smithville and Bayville with the would-be senator, concluding with a private, $250 per-plate fundraiser inside the iconic Bendix Diner.

Speaking to a crowd gathered in the parking lot, Perry reiterated themes from his 2012 campaign, championing states’ rights and referring to the sweeping health care reforms passed in 2010 as a “criminal act.”

“If this health care law is forced upon the people of this country, the young men and women of this country are going to be the ones to pay the price,” he told a crowd of supporters. Many of those supporters said they had been to Lonegan rallies or met the candidate personally in the past, and were excited by the appearance of the prominent Republican.

“We don’t need Washington to tell us how to teach our children, we don’t need Washington to tell us how to build our roads, and we don’t need Washington to give us healthcare,” Perry said.

Earlier in the day the Cory Booker campaign released an attack ad against Lonegan, assailing his support of the government shutdown and labeling him “too extreme for New Jersey.”

“Steve Lonegan today underscored why he has no business representing New Jersey in the U.S. Senate,” Booker said in a statement.

“It was bad enough that he reemphasized his allegiance to the extreme right wing of the Republican Party and their efforts to hold the American people hostage by shutting down our government. But in an event today with [Perry], Lonegan also trivialized the furloughing without pay of more than 30,000 New Jersey federal workers."

Lonegan was unapologetic about Republican tactics in the U.S. Congress.

“Yesterday the Republicans had the guts to hold the line on the Obama assault on our health care,” he told supporters, noting that local government operations remained unfazed. “On the federal level, we might be a little inconvenienced.”

Perry is the second prominent out-of-state Republican to come to New Jersey in support of Lonegan, who also appeared with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul last month. The Texas governor's appearance with the candidate comes as recent polls have shown a once 30-point Booker lead shrink to 12 or 13 points.

The candidate, who would be the first Republican elected to a New Jersey Senate seat in 41 years, latched on to the healthcare act as a campaign issue, even as the full implementation of the law could come before the election.

"The entire state is going to cast a referendum on Obamacare," he said.

Lonegan, a former mayor of Bogota, faces off against Newark Mayor Booker Oct. 16 in the special election to fill the senate seat left vacant after the death of longtime Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

Ridgewood Mom October 02, 2013 at 08:02 AM
Nothing like damaging the US economy for the noble aim of preventing poor people from receiving medical treatment.
jp1 October 02, 2013 at 08:14 AM
Do these two idiots know that this is the law upheld by the supreme court?
thetentman October 02, 2013 at 08:57 AM
Wrong Again Lonegan is a TEA Party poster boy.
labman57 October 02, 2013 at 09:53 AM
Sorry Ricky, the SCOTUS is the final arbiter regarding what is and is not "criminal" under our Constitution and laws of the land. They have spoken, and the consensus is that YOU ARE AN IDIOT.
Harlan Consider October 02, 2013 at 12:44 PM
"Poor people" already have access to mostly free healthcare. I have such poor people in my extended family and I know that food stamps, Section 8, and healthcare is all there for them. What often happens in the dysfunctionality that goes with the poor is their inability or unwillingness to fill in paperwork and register, and their "family doctor" for even routine matters is the nearest emergency room. The problem with Obamacare is trying to legally enforce those that aren't interested to sign up. The under 35s simply don't see healthcare as necessary, which is ironic as it's this generation who are almost exclusively Obama supporters.
thetentman October 02, 2013 at 12:50 PM
There is no such thing as Obama Care, it is the Affordable Health Care Act. And last I looked the President was handily reelected and it seems that 'crying' is about all the rest of you have left. At least the guy has not started any unnecessary wars or lied about weapons of mass destruction. Although I do hear he favors 60ft telephone poles.
DD October 02, 2013 at 12:59 PM
There's no such thing as Obama Care? My goodness what has everyone been talking about for all of these years?
Ridgewood Mom October 02, 2013 at 01:05 PM
Romneycare? But the color of the packaging makes all the difference.
David Harris October 02, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Bottom line...what does this guy think he is going to gain by campaigning with Rick Perry? Federal workers "inconvenienced"? Tell that to New Jersey federal employees trying to pay their mortgages...
Phil Brooks October 02, 2013 at 04:05 PM
DD, No, there is no such thing as Obamacare. That's the derisive name given to it by the sniveling Republicans whose sole goal was to run this guy out on a rail right from day one and who tried to convince the American people that there'd be "death panels" making health care judgments. // It's called the Affordable Health Care Act.
Bill Bartlett October 02, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Sometimes the STUPIDITY of the Republican party is beyond belief! Why are the self-righteous Republicans out to shut down and destroy the economy?I used to be a staunch Reagan Republican but their stupidity has turned me away.
DD October 02, 2013 at 04:42 PM
Oh I see. So when people say "Obamacare" they're referring to "The Affordable Health Care Act." Do I have that right? Do people ever talk about "The Affordable Health Care for America Act?" As it's correctly called?
Ridgewood Mom October 02, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Are you guys talking about Obamacare or The Affordable Care Act? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx2scvIFGjE#t=139
Phil Brooks October 02, 2013 at 06:33 PM
DD, You have it exactly right. Except that some (many?) people have no idea what's going on as in the Kimmel clip Ridgewood Mom attached above. It's all in a name. Obamacare is evil because the Affordable Care Act has taken on that nickname and Republicans and other stupid people hate anything Obama. Call it the Affordable Care Act (or chocolate cake or a good steak or even Romneycare) and those same people think they're getting something good, or at least palatable. // Most of the American populace are an ignorant bunch of suckers.
DD October 02, 2013 at 06:45 PM
But it's called "The Affordable Health Care for America Act," not "the Affordable Care Act." Unless that's just shorthand, like when Phil Brooks calls people with whom he doesn't agree "moron" and "retarded" and "stupid" and "phony." I think I understand now.
Phil Brooks October 02, 2013 at 07:01 PM
DD, Just can't help yourself, can you? // And, if you wish to quote me correctly, it's "retard," not "retarded."
DD October 02, 2013 at 07:05 PM
"Retard." Got it.
Phil Brooks October 02, 2013 at 07:33 PM
DD, I'd like to thank you for making my day. // Why, you may ask? // Because, with nearly every comment I make, I can guarantee that you'll be there trying to knock me down and then get a rise out of me. // What this means is that I'm inside your head to the point where you can't help yourself anymore and you absolutely MUST comment. // That gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling all over. // And, now, I'll ignore you. Have an exceptionally nice life. Now, go sniff someone else's ass. :-)
paul smith October 02, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Regardless of the name, it's the law of the land...and for once NJ may end up ahead...considering we get 61 cents for the buck we send to DC, helping folks get health benefits who actually work doesn't sound like a bad idea.... the byzantine labyrinth of health care pricing models and coverage we have today screws the working families that need it most...
paul smith October 06, 2013 at 10:40 AM
also in the local Sunday paper, the case studies don't exactly sound like a bunch of moochers but people caught in a system that is broken and results in the only industrialized country in the world where people can go bankrupt due to catastrophic illness. Our present system is a result of post WWII price controls as dangling health insurance got around the wage freeze laws....3 administrations previous to this one sought universal coverage, the Truman administration, the Nixon administration (yes, Tricky Dick was a proponent) and the Clinton administration. The model we have is a mess and needs a radical change.


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