BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Republican Steve Lonegan says he’ll return to the business sector after having lost the race for U.S. Senate to Newark Mayor Cory Booker.
The former mayor of Bogota and one-time gubernatorial candidate tells The Associated Press he has no plans to challenge Booker next year or seek any elected office again.
He told supporters in Bridgewater on Wednesday night that he came a lot closer to winning the election than anyone expected. But he says for whatever the reason, the message he carried to voters “did not win the day.”
With 85 percent of precincts reporting, Booker had 55 percent of the vote to Lonegan’s 44 percent. He will be serving the final 15 months of the term of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
Lonegan called Booker to congratulate him and also thanked Christie for his support.
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