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Lonegan says he could run again, for Congress



NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Former U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan says he could run for Congress though he declared last month that he was done with seeking elective office.

The Republican former mayor of Bogota tells The Star-Ledger of Newark he hasn’t ruled out running in 3rd Congressional District.

Though the central and southern New Jersey district is some 70 miles from Lonegan’s home, he could run because members of Congress are required to live in the state they represent but not the specific district.

So far, Democrat Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgaard is the only declared candidate for the seat next year. Incumbent Republican Jon Runyan says he is not seeking re-election.

Lonegan said last month after losing the special U.S. Senate election that he would not run for office again.