Star Ledger: Meet the newest challenger to N.J.’s Leonard Lance

May 14, 2017

Star Ledger: Meet the newest challenger to N.J.’s Leonard Lance

Rep. Leonard Lance, who represents one of just 23 Republican-held congressional districts that supported Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, has gained another opponent.

Linda Weber, a bank executive from Berkeley Heights, officially announced Sunday that she would seek the Democratic nomination to take on Lance (R-7th Dist.), who is rated just a slight favorite to retain the seat by the Cook Political Report, a Washington-based publication that tracks congressional races.

“Like many Americans, especially a lot of women, I was pretty shocked and angry after the election,” Weber, 53, told NJ Advance Media. “I thought it was time to act. This is the way I have chosen to give service to my country.”

She said the Republican-controlled Congress has been unwilling to stand up to Republican President Donald Trump, and she would.

“Trump’s behavior really is unacceptable,” Weber said. “We have a system of checks and balances for a reason in our government. My plan is to go Washington and represent the district and hold Donald Trump accountable.”

Lisa Mandelblatt, a teacher in Westfield, and Scott Salmon, a lawyer from Scotch Plains, also have announced their candidacies, and Peter Jacob, who had the endorsement U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) when he ran for the seat last November, has filed to run again.

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