U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) kicked off his 2012 re-election campaign this morning on the steps of the historic Flemington courthouse in his home county of Hunterdon in front of 60 supporters.
“I today announce my candidacy for re-election to the House of Representatives,” said Lance. “First in the state Legislature and more recently in Congress I have served you with ethical integrity, fiscal responsibility and certainly wholeheartedly and to the best of my ability. In this critical election year of 2012 together we must repair and reform our nation so that we might continue to be the shining beacon of hope and opportunity for our citizens and indeed for the entire world.”
Lance also announced that state Sen. Michael Doherty, (R-23), Washington Township, has agreed to be a chairman of the Lance for Congress re-election campaign.
A conservative, Doherty occupies a prominent place within the Lance campaign in part to blunt a flanking movement from the right by GOP Primary challenger David Larsen.
“I am very pleased to be here to support and endorse Congressman Leonard Lance for re-election,” said Doherty. “Over the years Leonard Lance has stood for honor, integrity and always doing the right thing on behalf of New Jersey’s taxpayers. Congressman Lance has done a great job in Congress and deserves our overwhelming support.”
Other attendees included Assemblyman Erik Peterson, (R-23), Clinton, Warren County Republican Chairman Doug Steinhardt and conservative leaders, legislators and municipal officials from Hunterdon and Warren counties.
“As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Congressman Leonard Lance is charged with the responsibility of protecting all of us in New Jersey and all of us across country from one failed and flawed Obama Administration policy after another,” said Steinhardt. “It is a pleasure and privilege for me on behalf of constituents in Warren County to endorse Congressman Lance for Congress.”