RWR to Interview Steve Lonegan  

Friday, January 23, 2009

I have long been looking for a viable candidate for any office that I can support. It looks like this time, I may have found the one to support for, of all things, Governor of New Jersey. Fellow Bergen County Native Steve Lonegan has decided to run for governor, and it looks like he may actually have a chance. With all of the foolishness that has been going on here, Steve is a breath of fresh air.

Furthermore, the Lonegan campaign has agreed to an interview for this blog, which is not too shabby a prospect for the RWRepublic. The questions I have prepared for the governor-to-be are right along the lines of what you would expect from a constitutionalist like myself, and I know he is up to the task, even though they aren't exactly "softball". He has pretty good "conservative credentials", and a victory for him would send an excellent message to the failing entity that is the Republican Party.

As in other potential interview situations, I'll open the floor for questions that could be asked. Do understand that Mr. Lonegan's campaign has agreed to this interview WITHOUT having previewed any questions. This means he should be treated as a "friendly" (understand, Sage???? haha) in any line of questioning we should pursue, especially given the type of questions I've already prepared, which are loaded with "Article" this and "Paragraph" that.

Here are a few positions Steve has outlined on his website (I've cut this back some to emphasize the specifics. I hope the campaign doesn't mind. The full text is available at the link):

Steve Lonegan is New Jersey's number one fighter for overtaxed working families fed up with high taxes and an intrusive state government.

Lonegan is a conservative concerned that state government has grown too big and out of control.

As Governor, Steve will put an end to out-of-control spending. Lonegan will veto liberal spending programs, eliminate wasteful agencies and completely overhaul state government.

New regulations on small business owners from landscapers to fitness trainers will be overturned. Regulations forcing high-density, Low Income Housing projects on our suburban towns will be repealed.

Lonegan will turn around our liberal state courts by selecting conservative judges who will reverse left-wing court decisions.

And Lonegan will begin the process of reducing income taxes, repealing Corzine's 7 percent sales tax and rolling back the dozens of other oppressive taxes like tire taxes, cell phone taxes, real estate transfer taxes and the new paid family leave income tax.
If Steve accomplishes only half of this without allowing liberal expansion, New Jersey will be a great place to live and work again. I'm really looking forward to the interview.