Kovach ready to run in CD7

Clinton Mayor Janice Kovach is moving with all dispatch to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7), sources say.

The Democratic mayor of Clinton for the last two years, Kovach is the former director of the New Jersey Division on Women.

Sources say Kovach went to Washington, D.C. earlier this month for a sit-down with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) as she mulls over strategy on how to take on Lance.

The mayor is a friend of U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), who will be on the 2014 ballot.

Kovach did not appreciate Lance’s move rightward when he enthusiastically embraced the 2013 U.S. Senate candidacy of former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, a movement conservative.

Lance has a GOP Primary challenger in Tewksbury businessman David Larsen, who has twice lost to the Republican Congressman in as many tries.

"He’s obviously working very, very hard at it. I mean he’s traveling all over the country as chairman of the [Republican Governors Association] and I think at this point he has as good a chance or better than anybody else. His name is household word all across the country, and I think he would make a great president."
—former U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-3), on Gov. Chris Christie