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CD3 Primary: Ocean County Republican Establishment awards the line to MacArthur

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CD3 Primary: Ocean County Republican Establishment awards the line to MacArthur

TOMS RIVER – The vaunted Ocean County Republican Organization tonight threw its support behind former Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur in the 3rd Congressional District, cementing him as the establishment GOP pick in the Republican-leaning district and triggering a carpetbagger primary war.

Denied organization support, former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan – like MacArthur a newly energized seaside denizen down here – intends to run as a party renegade, he said.

On Saturday, the western Burlington half of the 3rd on Saturday likewise gave MacArthur the line, bolstering his chances in a June GOP showdown.

“Lonegan drove the Ocean and Burlington organizations together,” concluded a Democrat, who offered his insights hours before the convention. The Ocean portion of the district contains 54,267 registered Republican voters; the Burlington half 61,294.

Past primaries between the two machine operations in this district have been contentious. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

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