SOMERVILLE, NJ - An enthusiastic crowd of supporters gathered outside the Historic Somerset County Courthouse on Monday to support U.S. Congressman Leonard Lance (Rep.- District 7) launch his 2016 re-election campaign. Lance's district includes Bernards Township.

N.J. Senator Christopher "Kip" Bateman (Rep. - 16th District) was among Lance's fellow Republicans to welcome the Congressman's well-wishers to the rally. Bateman enthusiastically endorsed Lance, whom he said he has known for thirty years.

 "Congressman Lance and I worked in Governor Kean's adminsitration together. We have served together in the Assembly and in the State Senate," said Bateman, a fellow Republican. "Leonard Lance represents 75 towns, and he knows and understands them all. He is exactly the type of representative we need."

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Bateman introduced state Assemblyman Jack Ciatterelli (Rep. - 16th District) who strongly endorsed Congressman Lance as a hard-working representative whose voting record reflects well on Somerset County.

Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano was also on hand to endorse Lance. Provenzano spoke highly of Lance's dedication to constituent services, adding that Lance had assisted him with problems that he experienced with the federal flood insurance program after Hurricane Sandy.

Lance was accompanied by his wife, Heidi. During his remarks, Lance spoke of his dedication to fiscal responsibility and fiscal conservatism. He touted his vote for a federal balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution and his authorship of the Lance Amendment to the New Jersey State Constitution that prohibits further state borrowing without voter approval. He also said that his office returned over $600,000 out of the office budget to the federal government.

The Lance campaign also made stops in Flemington, Cranford and Mine Hill.