Lonegan has sought political office before, such as unsuccessfully running for state Senate, Congress, county executive and Governor.
Support and Opposition
Lonegan is known as a staunch conservative, and built his gubernatorial campaign on instituting a flat income tax. He was been endorsed by former presidential candidate Ron Paul  and "Joe the Plumber." 
However, conservative economist Steve Forbes, a strong proponent of the flat tax, has criticized Lonegan's plan, saying "I don't think that the key thing right now for New Jersey is to get a flat tax...the key is to get the tax rates down and then we can have a substantial reform of the tax system."