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Lance Kicks Off Reelection Campaign in Summit

Republicans such as Nancy Munoz, Jon Bramnick, and Tom Kean came out to support the Congressman in front of Summit City Hall.

Congressman Leonard Lance kicked off his reelection campaign for New Jersey’s Seventh Congressional District yesterday in front of . It was his forth stop on his first day of heavy campaigning.

Political leaders from Summit joined other Republican politicians from Westfield and Kenilworth who came out to support Lance.

Mayor Ellen Dickson was on hand as well as Senator Tom Kean, the chairman of the Lance for Congress campaign, Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz and Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, both campaign co-chairs.

“I am proud to endorse Leonard Lance for Congress," said Kean.  "As our Congressman, Leonard Lance is leading the fight for lower taxes, less spending and more accountability in the federal budget process," he said.

Lance pointed out that the seventh district had grown this year due to reapportionment, from 54 municipalities to 75. Millburn Township now becomes part of the district, increasing his base.

"As I announce my plans to run for reelection I pledge to serve my constituents with ethical integrity, fiscal responsibility and certainly wholeheartedly and to the best of my ability," Lance said.

The congressman said he came to Summit in part because he is a friend and supporter of Mayor Dickson, but also because Summit, he said, is similar in some ways to other areas in his district. "Summit is an excellent example of a suburb in Union County," Lance remarked, also naming Westfield as another example.

In his speech he called for greater fiscal responsibility citing Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget plan as a "serious and honest approach to bringing fiscal sanity back to the nation."

He called on the Senate to pass a budget and said that when Republican candidate Joseph Kyrillos wins his bid for a U.S. Senate seat in November, a budget would be passed.

"He's a very reasonable man," said Lance supporter and lifelong Summit resident Beth Welsh, who was in the crowd of about 20 people. "He can hear the issues and doesn't drive the debate on emotional issues," she said.

Mayor Dickson said she was pleased Lance chose Summit to kick off his campaign, and has credited him with helping the city get a combined services project off the ground. "He got us a shared services grant for $1.8 million," she said about a grant for a shared fire and police dispatch center.

Lance is seeking a third Congressional term this year. His opponent in the Republican primary is conservative Republican and Tea Party supporter David Larsen.

Tyler D March 14, 2012 at 12:30 PM
This all sounds very nice. But I have a few concerns. 1. Lance voted for the NDAA which includes legislation allowing the US Military to arrest US citizen on American soil and detain them without a trial and keep the entire matter secret. 2. He also voted in support of continued use of the Patriot act which has eroded our constitutional rights. Otherwise, he has been pretty decent on reducing debt and supported the balanced budget amendment.
TomK March 14, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I am also concerned about over-reach on the Patriot Act, but I'll be a lot less concerned once Obama is voted out of office. And I'll continue to vote for LL as long as he continues being a conservative. But I am concerned about occasional go-along-to-get-along tendencies. That only leads to expensive, watered-down solutions that continue us on the path to financial ruin. So don't just run as a conservative, vote like one...all the time. And you'll keep getting my vote.
Tyler D March 15, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Echoing and agreeing with your sentiments: "Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost." ~ John Quincy Adams This is also directed at those in the public who would vote "for the lesser of 2 evils" or "because he can't win" or because "anyone but xyz candidate" or any other excuse someone can find to vote for more of the same nonsense.

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