by Mark Magyar, NJSpotlight.com
It’s the kind of race Phyllis Schlafly envisioned in 1964 when she wrote “A Choice, Not An Echo” in support of Barry Goldwater’s successful effort to wrest the GOP away from the “Rockefeller Republicans” and unsuccessful effort to wrest the country away from liberal Democrats and the “Great Society” they wanted to build.
Schlafly, now 89 years old and still president of the Eagle Forum, was one of the first national Republican leaders to enthusiastically endorse Steve Lonegan’s campaign for the U.S. Senate, declaring that his victory in the October 16 special election would be “proof that straight talk, not watered-down messages, are what Republicans need to win back elections.”
Lonegan has not disappointed conservative backers like Schlafly by toning down his rhetoric in any way, even though he is running for the first time with the support of the state’s Republican Party.
Lonegan put his unwavering support for a ban on abortion, Second Amendment gun rights, repeal of the Affordable Care Act, opposition to gay marriage, a partial privatization of Social Security, elimination of the Common Core Educational Standards and the federal Department of Education itself, and a reduction in college loans as part of an overall program to cut federal spending and debt on full display in his first debate with Democratic opponent Cory Booker.NJ Spotlight is an issue-driven news website that provides critical insight to New Jersey’s communities and businesses. It is non-partisan, independent, policy-centered and community-minded.