TRENTON – Tewksbury buisnessman David Larsen just strode into the offices of the New Jersey Division of Elections.
He traded pleasantries with rival Bruce Baker of Westfield, who then boarded the elevator on his way to the exit.
With an hour and a half to go before the deadline, Larsen settled into a chair with his campaign manager and prepared to submit his petition signatures.
He is the last Republican convention participant filing in the 7th Congressional District on deadline day.
“Four-hundred and fifty-eight,” says the candidate, when asked how many petition signatures he amassed.
Everyone else has already filed: Baker, Lons Hosford, and U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton).
Lance destroyed the competition in the 7th District pre-primary convention process.
Formeer Bridgewater-Raritan science teacher Ed Potosnak, a Democrat, has also already filed.