Palin: Lonegan Campaign Has 'Momentum'
NEW EGYPT, N.J. — A tidal wave hit Ocean County, New Jersey on a windy Saturday afternoon. It came all the way from Alaska.
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was met by an enthusiastic crowd when she joined The Tea Party Express and Mark Levin to stump for U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan. The rally was held at New Egypt Speedway, a fitting backdrop considering how fast Lonegan has soared in the polls.
"Something big is happening here. It's called momentum," Palin said. "You have the momentum with Steve's campaign."
One of the reasons Lonegan, the Republican, has made an epic upset in Blue New Jersey against Democrat Cory Booker a realistic possibility is his candidness. He is not afraid to call out those who do not follow the Constitution and does not pussyfoot around when the Bill of Rights is attacked. Lonegan, like Palin, makes no apology for loving an exceptional America.
Before the rally, Lonegan told Breitbart News why his approach is working.
"We are appealing to real American workers," Lonegan told Breitbart News. "Booker wants more government programs, while I, like Governor Palin, want more liberty."
Lonegan expanded on those thoughts during his speech, contrasting himself with Booker, while standing up for gun rights and vowing to stay true to his principles if elected. Palin promised that Lonegan will not forget his constituents if he gets elected.
The commonsense conservative was over thirty points down in some surveys when the race began, but thanks to his grassroots support, Lonegan brought the contest to a virtual dead heat. He ignored the media and the numbers, instead opting to go straight to the people.
Thousands jammed into the rally Saturday, bringing back memories of 2008 when the crowds at rallies for Palin dwarfed those at rallies for Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and John McCain.
An elderly couple walking in were chatting, marveling at all the people at the speedway. They compared it to another time that they saw Lonegan and only fifty people were on hand. The man turned to the woman with the answer to why they were literally hanging from the rafters this time. "Palin," he said.
Palin told Lonegan supporters that "something big is happening here." Indeed. New Jersey has not elected a Republican to the U.S. Senate in over forty years. Palin also called out the media for getting "all wee wee'd up" against Lonegan, and said they are doing so because Lonegan is more than within striking range of Booker.
The disdain on many of the reporters' faces during the rally was noticeable. Hardly any of them bowed their heads during an opening prayer. All but three sat during the Pledge of Allegiance. Most chatted away and laughed during The Star-Spangled Banner. These are the people in the pockets of Obama and Booker, Lonegan's opponent. Palin and Lonegan, though, are not afraid to take the media head on.
The event on Saturday was so crowded, some of the attendees had to be moved into the speedway bleachers and watch from the side. The venue was bursting with patriotism. The crowd waved Lonegan signs, chanted for Palin, and proudly held American flags and Gadsden flags. The pride was palpable.
Performers sang to rev up the crowd and several speakers took to the podium. The always engaging Amy Kremer, the Tea Party Express Chairman, introduced the Mayor of New Egypt and other local elected officials. Even the Tea Party Express bus driver put in his two cents. Then the big three came out one by one. Levin led off, followed by Lonegan, and then Palin.
Levin addressed Obama directly while shredding his policies. "The Great One" expressed how honored he was to share a day with Lonegan and Palin. He called Palin "a great statesman."
The entire gathering lasted around two hours, and the crowd just kept expanding. People continued to walk into the venue, seemingly searching for the America they know and love—the America that embraces God, life, and liberty. They found it here.
Palin asked the crowd what they could "do for the red white and blue on Wednesday." That, of course, is to vote for Lonegan.
Palin also talked about the rich history of New Jersey, telling a story about Molly Hays, who was said to have fought in the Battle of Monmouth. Palin said the legacy of "Sergeant Molly" continues today with tough Jersey women. "Strong, independent, tough-minded women happen to live here," Palin said. "Jersey, you all produced the first Mama Grizzly."
She then called on the women and men of New Jersey to get out the vote for Lonegan and send the "good guys" in Washington some reinforcements.
During her remarks this weekend, Palin mentioned that 296 battles were fought in New Jersey during the American Revolution. Now, another battle is taking place. Will it be Lonegan, the former football star who's battled through adversity to earn a reputation as an honest reformer who won't cave when times get tough—or Booker, the man who has a penchant for tweeting and rubbing elbows with really bad actors while in charge of a city that is failing across the board?
Palin told of Lonegan's "boldness" and urged them to "show the media just how wrong they are" on Wednesday in having dismissed Lonegan's chances.