HUNTERDON COUNTY—The Hunterdon County Democratic Committee formally endorsed Ed Potosnak in his bid to unseat incumbent Republican Leonard Lance for New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District in the November 2010 general election. Lance represents portions of Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset and Union counties
The Potosnak campaign claimed the endorsement as a significant victory for the Somerset County Democrat, who pledges to put “real world solutions” into action to create jobs, strengthen the economy, and help to improve education and America’s competitiveness.
“I understand that families in the 7th Congressional District worry if they’re going to have a job; they’re worried that if their children, when they graduate from college, will have a job,” he said.
Potosnak is a small business owner, teacher and Albert Einstein Fellow for Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif) handling a legislative portfolio on Education, Appropriations and Environment. Potosnak emphasized “common sense solutions” to address the challenges facing his district and the country, using a “unique blend” of knowledge of small business, science, and education to be a leader and an advocate for his district.
While he acknowledged a “tough battle” in New Jersey’s 7th District, Potosnak expressed confidence in a “plan for victory” that he says would forge a stronger future for his district. He also held his policies in contrast to those of Lance, who has voted largely with the GOP, including voting against the job-creating American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“the stimulus”).
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office determined last week that the stimulus added between 1 million and 2.1 million jobs to employment rolls, and predicted that it would have a greater impact this year.
Lance “is a nice guy, but I can tell you that his interests are not with you: the families,” Potosnak said, pointing to the various sources of special interest money contributing to Lance’s campaign coffers, including financing from Wall Street, big banks, and the insurance industry.
Potosnak also criticized his likely opponent for opposing health care reform efforts, as well as the creation of a Consumer Financial Protection Agency-a key element of President Obama’s agenda that would install key regulatory reforms preventing many of the practices that led to the current fiscal crisis.
Lance’s voting record, Potosnak said, doesn’t represent New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District: “I don’t think that’s the Leonard Lance people voted for in 2008”
Potosnak was born and raised in New Jersey and holds two degrees from Rutgers University. He has run his own successful home repair and improvement company, been a teacher for over a decade including 8 years as a chemistry teacher at Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School and as an adjunct professor at Rutgers. For the past two years, Potosnak has worked for Congressman Michael M. Honda.
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