Updated March 28, 2012
CRANFORD – Congressman Leonard Lance scored another overwhelming victory over perennial challenger David Larsen. Lance defeated Larsen at Saturday morning’s Union County Republican Convention in Cranford by a vote of 139 to 16 earning nearly 90 percent of the vote.
Lance’s latest victory comes on the heels of last week’s victory at the Somerset County Republican convention in Manville where the 7th District lawmaker garnered 83 percent of the vote. Lance has won both conventions by a combined 281 to 46 vote (86%-14%).
“I am honored to have the Union County Republicans overwhelming support and endorsement,” Lance said after the vote. “I believe my conservative record is in line with Republicans throughout the congressional district and I hope to continue to represent the people of the 7th Congressional District with ethical integrity, fiscal responsibility and certainly wholeheartedly and to the best of my ability.”
On Wednesday, Larsen issued a statement thanking Union County GOP Chairman Phil Morin for nominating him to be on the ballot, but criticized the convention results.
“Morin’s leadership was bold and challenged the will of the party establishment,” Larsen said. “The convention results, however, were typical of establishment politicians and politicos protecting their Washington-insider cronies who fail to measure up to the conservative platform upon which they campaign. In the Hunterdon County Convention this Thursday, I anticipate much of the same blind loyalty to Leonard Lance by committee members, who choose to let Congressman Lance’s support of job crushing and Obamacare funding legislation be ignored.”
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