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Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) at the Flemington Corn, Tomato and Beer Festival on August 4, 2018

Lance rules out run for governor

Lists Kean, Ciattarelli as top candidates

By David Wildstein, August 04 2018 6:38 pm

FLEMINGTON – Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) today definitively ruled out a run for Governor in 2021.

Lance, a former State Senate Minority Leader, said he would not challenge Democrat Phil Murphy in three years.

“I’m honored to serve in the House of Representatives,” Lance told the New Jersey Globe.

Lance specifically touted two possible candidates: Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield) and former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli.  Both live in his district, said Lance, who did not mention a third constituent, Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield).

The Hunterdon County Republican is seeking re-election to a sixth term in November against former Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski.  The two candidates met face to face briefly today at the Flemington Corn, Tomato and Beer Festival.

Lance mentioned that he is amassing some seniority in the House, where he is in line for an influential Energy and Commerce subcommittee chairmanship if he gets re-elected and if the Republicans maintain control of the House.

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