MOUNTAINSIDE – The seven Republican candidates for Congress in the 7th District debated at Town Hall here on Thursday night in a one-hour forum moderated by Fred Rossi of the Westfield Leader and Scotch Plains Fanwood Times.
As expected, most of the criticism flew in the direction of state Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon), who in turn directed his ire at the $10 trillion national debt.
Iraq War veteran Thomas Roughneen of Watchung attacked Lance’s environmental advocacy, while Scotch Plains Mayor Martin Marks and businesswoman Kate Whitman of Peapack-Gladstone blasted him for not being a more effective fighter in state government for property tax relief.
Like Marks, minus the severe words for Lance, Former Summit Council Vice President Kelly Hatfield touted her experience in local government. Like his presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), Darren Young of Summit noted his opposition to the Iraq War. Seton Hall University business Prof. A.D. Amar touted his knowledge of economic affairs.