Senate Minority Leader Leonard “Bi-Partisan” Lance has taken sides in an intra-party squabble in Warren County, home to about 45% of the Republican primary voters in Lance’s 23rd district. Lance told the Express Times that he would ask Governor Jon Corzine not to appoint an Acting County Clerk next month when longtime GOP incumbent Terrance Lee will resign. Warren County Republican leaders voted on Monday to recommend Chad Chamberlain, the son of Freeholder Everett Chamberlain, for appointment to replace Lee. But other Republicans want Deputy County Clerk Patricia Kolb to get the job. Kolb has already announced her intention to run in the June primary. Assemblyman Michael Doherty, a former Warren County Freeholder, has not endorsed any candidate for the post. Bu he opposed any endorsement of an Acting County Clerk by the county GOP, saying that he doesn’t like appointments to elected office to be made by insiders. Perhaps coincidentally, Doherty announced earlier this month that he would not challenge Lance in the 2007 GOP State Senate primary. Warren County has no organization lines in Republican primaries.