About 60 turn out for Lonegan gun fund-raiser
WINSLOW TWP. A "Shoot for Lonegan" event at which donors fired off rounds to raise money for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan drew about 60 people Saturday, according to a campaign official.
The event at the South Jersey Shooting Club in Winslow Township was sponsored by the New Jersey Second Amendment Society.
Donors paid $25 per round and could shoot from a variety of guns, including a .50-caliber Barrett semiautomatic sniper rifle, which would have been banned under a bill Gov. Christie vetoed last month.
Calls to the Second Amendment Society regarding the amount of money raised were not returned.
Lonegan, who is legally blind, did not participate in the shooting, a campaign spokesperson said.
Lonegan, largely considered a long shot in the race, faces off against Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker in a special election Oct. 16.
The Booker campaign had criticized Lonegan for using the event to raise money, citing the epidemic of gun violence nationwide.
Gun-range fund-raisers are common in other parts of the country, but Lonegan's, which he intends to duplicate later in the month, was among the first in New Jersey.
- Julia Terruso
and Matt Katz