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Lonegan to kick off campaign for Congress

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Staunch conservative Steve Lonegan is kicking off a campaign for Congress, just months after he declared he was done with seeking elective office.

The former mayor of Bogota (ba-GOH’-ta) plans to move from that Bergen County community to Lavallette in Ocean County. He’s seeking the 3rd Congressional District seat now held by fellow Republican Jon Runyan, who is not seeking re-election.

Lonegan will formally announce his campaign Thursday at a noon news conference in Toms River.

The former U.S. Senate candidate joins several Republicans who have or may enter the race. Only one Democrat has declared so far.

On the night he lost the special U.S. Senate election to Democrat Cory Booker last October, Lonegan said he wouldn’t run for office again.

He’s also run unsuccessfully for governor.