Steve Lonegan is a loving father, grandfather, and a successful business owner who will make jobs, term limits, and lower taxes his primary focus as our next congressman. Steve is hardworking, outspoken, and dedicated to you and your family. Steve has a lifelong record of selfless public service. Steve has taken on the tough fights that few others will.
Steve Lonegan: A Record of Winning for Taxpayers, Families, and Seniors
Steve began his career in public service when he was elected Mayor of Bogota, New Jersey in 1995. He immediately cut municipal spending, eliminated wasteful and duplicative services, privatized some functions, and instituted a more cost-efficient, user- friendly government. As a result, Bogota’s municipal spending remained constant for the entire 12 years of his tenure, a feat unheard of in New Jersey government. Steve also kept debt and tax increases far below inflation despite massive state mandates and state aid reductions to suburban towns like Bogota.
Steve Lonegan Shares our Values, He is One of Us
Steve was born in Teaneck, New Jersey at Holy Name Hospital, grew up, and graduated from high school in Ridgefield Park, where he set several high school track records. Steve earned a B.A. in business administration from William Paterson University where he was the football team captain and an All-Conference Division Center. In 1981, he earned an M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Fighting for Taxpayers
Steve Lonegan has dedicated his time in public life to fighting and winning for taxpayers.
Steve led the effort to defeat a $450 million ballot question that would have used government money for embryonic stem cell research in New Jersey. This was the first ballot question defeated in New Jersey in 27 years. Steve also defeated the proposed 8 percent sales tax on the statewide ballot, led the successful fight to stop Governor Corzine’s $38 billion toll hike scheme, and led the fight to defeat taxpayer-financed legislative elections in New Jersey.
Steve has led statewide campaigns on behalf of New Jersey taxpayers for decades. Whether it was fighting against unconstitutional state bonding without voter approval, or fighting to stop Governor Jim McGreevey’s proposed gasoline tax hike, Steve was willing to take on leaders in both parties to do what was right for New Jersey’s working families.
In 2002, while Mayor of Bogota, Steve introduced and passed a ballot question that prohibited the use of eminent domain for the taking of private property for private development. The passage of this referendum has made Bogota one of the nation’s safest places for private property rights.
In 2003, Steve passed the “Taxpayer Protection Act,” a law that prohibited the borough government from increasing spending in excess of inflation, required new debt to be approved by voters, and restricted salary increases awarded to any bargaining unit from exceeding inflation. This trailblazing legislation earned Steve the “National Hero of the Taxpayer” award from Americans for Tax Reform.
Steve Lonegan is a defender of religious liberty. In 2004, Steve led a Christmas carol sing along outside the Columbia/Maplewood High School in New Jersey when the Board of Education banned Christmas carols from the school’s annual winter concert. The national attention stopped further attacks on religious freedom in New Jersey.
In 2006, Steve joined the Americans for Prosperity Foundation as state director of the New Jersey chapter where he continued to fight for taxpayers. Prior to becoming the New Jersey state director for Americans for Prosperity, Steve built and managed successful small businesses, creating jobs for dozens of families.
Steve has also served as Director of Monetary Policy for the American Principles Project, a think tank focused on Federal Reserve policies and the economy. In February of 2015, Steve organized a meeting with Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen and leaders of the nation’s leading economic think tanks. In August of 2015, he hosted an international monetary conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming that included leaders from around the world.
After taking his leave from the American Principles Project to serve as New Jersey Chairman of Senator Ted Cruz’s Presidential Campaign, Steve traveled to Tanzania, where on December 17, 2015 he successfully summited Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world, fulfilling a lifelong goal.
Steve’s family has truly lived the American Dream. Both of Steve’s maternal grandparents passed through Ellis Island from Sicily and his father’s grandparents emigrated from Ireland. Steve and his wife Lorraine (Rossi), who have been longtime parishioners of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bogota, live in Hackensack and have two adult daughters, Brooke and Katharine.