Latest Half-True Fact-checks on Steve Lonegan Steve Lonegan stated on September 23, 2013 in an interview on the John Gambling radio show: "Violent crime is up since the last year of Sharpe James’ administration. This year it’s higher. … The unemployment rate is almost 15 percent. The high school dropout rate is over 50 percent." Steve Lonegan stated on August 15, 2013 in a radio interview on “Focal Point with Bryan Fischer”: Says under Mayor Cory Booker, Newark has seen "violent crime up five years in a row, murder up five years in a row."