Gov. Chris Christie today officially stepped into the 7th Congressional District Republican Primary and endorsed incumbent U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7).
”I am proud to endorse my friend Leonard Lance for re-election to Congress,” said Gov. Christie at a breakfast in Bernardsville. “Leonard is a great representative, not only for his district, but also for our whole state in Washington. He knows that I stand with him as strongly as he stands with me.”
Lance wants to return to Washington, D.C., but has two hurdles in his way. The first is Tewksbury businessman David Larsen, who opposes Lance for the second time in as many cycles.
Lance also faces a general election challenge from Assemblyman Upendra Chivikula, (D-17), Franklin Township.
At breakfast, Christie praised Lance’s record.
“Leonard Lance is fighting to restore vibrancy to our private-sector economy. He is fighting for fiscal responsibility,” said the governor. “He is fighting for common sense and the truth. Leonard Lance is just the kind of person we need in Congress. Beyond our support of his principled positions, we are proud to have a person of Leonard Lance’s quality in Congress. I am confident Leonard will be re-elected and re-elected strongly this November on the basis of his record and his integrity. Let’s get behind Leonard Lance for Congress.”
“I am truly honored to have Governor Christie’s endorsement,” said Lance. “I am fighting to bring the same kind of fiscal discipline to Washington that Governor Christie has brought to New Jersey. I look forward to continuing to work with Chris Christie on the issues most important to New Jersey’s taxpayers.”