Holt urges Lance to seek House seat

Hunterdon County Freeholder Matthew Holt says Leonard Lance should run for Congress, and that if the Senate Minority Leader ultimately declines to run, he would consider seeking the GOP nomination.

Holt is the grandson of former U.S. Sen. Clifford Case, who served as Congressman in the 7th district from 1945 to 1953 before moving to the Senate in 1955.

Lance has expressed interest in entering the seat that became available on Monday when Mike Ferguson announced he would not seek re-election.

”Now is the time for all Republicans to rally behind a single candidate who is most well known and who has the undisputed leadership capability to unite our Republican Party for an overwhelming victory in November of 2008. That candidate is State Senator Leonard Lance,” Holt said. "I have had the opportunity to work with Senator Lance for many years, both as Mayor, and now as Freeholder of Hunterdon County. His knowledge, experience, fiscal understanding, and most importantly, his record of integrity and ethics in government, make him the most highly qualified candidate to replace Congressman Ferguson.”

Holt said he was urging Lance to run and would “support his candidacy unconditionally.”

Holt urges Lance to seek House seat