Stender decries GOP charges

Congressional candidate Linda Stender criticized a Republican attack on herrecord of paying taxesMonday, saying the state GOP and her opponent took a cheap shot at her family's finances.

Earlier Monday, New Jersey Republican chairman Tom Wilson said Stender had a record of voting to raise taxes, but neglected to pay taxes due on her family business.

In a statement released Monday, Stender said she had no hand in the day-to-day operations of and received no income fromthe business in question, which she said was run by her mother and sister. She accused Republicans of resorting to cheap tactics to make herand her family look bad.

"This is truly a new low for the Republican attack machine, and especially disappointing Leonard Lance would stoop to such levels to avoid talking about the real issues that matter in this election," Stender said.

"How dare they pursue personal attacks on my mother and sister who are trying to get by in the face of horrific economic conditions, thanks to the failed policies of President Bush and Republicans like Leonard Lance who support him. Leonard Lance owes my mother an apology and should tell the Republican Party in New Jersey to end these disgusting attacks," Stender added.

Stender is competing with Lance for the7th Congressional District seat of U.S. Rep. Mike Ferguson, who is not seeking reelection.

Stender decries GOP charges