CLARK, NJ – Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th) has been presented the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Spirit of Enterprise Award in recognition of his continuous commitment to the businesses and people of New Jersey.

The presentation was held at the Kerry Ingredients and Flavors facility on Terminal Avenue.   According to a representative of Kerry, their site was chosen as illustrative of a company that is expanding, thriving and creating jobs in the area.

The event was held Tuesday.  

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“Congressman Lance is a pro-business legislator,” said James Coyle, president of the Gateway Chamber of Commerce.   Coyle and his team arranged the gathering of Kerry employees and local officials to honor Lance for his work and dedication to the people and businesses in his congressional district.

Lance represents New Jersey's 7th congressional district which includes Somerville and dozens of towns in central New Jersey.

Coyle introduced Nick Vaugh, Manager of Eastern Region Congressional and Public Affairs for the US Chamber of Commerce to present the award to Lance. 

Each year the USCOC publishes a How They Voted report to determine who is most deserving of the Spirit of Enterprise Award, Vaugh said.  He explained that the award is designed to recognize those senators and representatives who voted with the business community in mind at least 70 percent of the time. 

According to Vaugh, Congressman Lance voted in support of businesses 80 percent of the time in 2015 and 90 percent cumulatively throughout his career in government, according to Vaugh.

“Congressman Lance has our backs in Congress,” Vaugh said.

Lance addressed the crowd with gratitude and then spoke about the municipalities he represents, his work in Washington and the upcoming presidential election. 

Lance urged attendees to push presidential candidates for details about their plans to create more good-paying jobs in America, move the economy forward and negotiate trade agreements.   

The day’s events ended with a tour of the Kerry production facility.