Stender on the trail

MARTINSVILLE – Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Fanwood) said the fact that her 7th Congressional District opponent accepted an endorsement from President George W. Bush, $5,00 from Exxon/Mobil, and advertising capital from the Bush-backing Freedom’s Watch, make it hard to classify state Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon) as a moderate.

“It all adds up to someone who will continue Bush’s policies,” said Stender at a buck-up-the-troops stop here at Somerset County Democratic Party headquarters on Sunday afternoon.

She also objected to Lance’s tagline that he’s a fiscal conservative, citing his support for Gov. Christie Todd Whitman.

Even if he suffered silently during the Bush era, Lance went along with a party that backed President George W. Bush and his policies.

“I think people have had it,” Stender said. “They’re fed-up. As a candidate who’s been out there, I know there’s a wave coming on Tuesday. We literally have an army of volunteers – a spectacular operation.”

Better financed than Lance in this Republican-leaning district, the Stender campaign and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) have been laying down a steady barrage of cable television advertising and eating some Lance backlash ads in return.

“We’re into survival mode at this point,” said Stender as she kept moving.

Stender on the trail