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Larsen: We Need New Energy in Congress

David Larsen is running for the Republican nomination for Congress.

His biggest concern is about career politicians who are more focused on maintaining their political careers than serving the residents—and Tewksbury resident is hoping that this is one fact that earns him the Republican nomination for Congress in the June primaries.

Larsen is running to represent the seventh district in Congress, challenging incumbent Rep. Leonard Lance for the Republican nomination.

“I think term limits are good,” he said. “You have to think of what time it would take to make a difference. It’s about serving the people, and if I can’t make a difference, I won’t stay.”

“We need a different mindset and new energy,” he added. “We need a change.”

And for Larsen, he believes he can bring that change through a more improved business understanding that can serve him in working with Congress to better the economy for residents of New Jersey.

Born in Brooklyn and growing up in Staten Island, Larsen studied business management and administration in college before switching to biology. When he was 19 years old, he said, he left college to start his own construction business before purchasing the family business, Larsen Windows and Doors, from his father in the mid 1980s.

Since then, Larsen said, he has moved on to doing residential and commercial real estate in his own business.

“I had purchased a real estate business while I was working with the family business,” he said, adding that the family business has since closed down, but he has been a businessman for about 36 years. “We have commercial leases now, and national chains rent.”

This business experience, Larsen said, makes him uniquely qualified for the position representing the seventh district.

“I noticed that most politicians go from academia to public office,” he said. “But they don’t learn how money is handled.”

“As a business owner, I borrow money and pay interest,” he added. “The government takes from you to give it back to you, but you already had it in the first place. This needs to stop.”

But this is not Larsen’s first foray into the political realm. He previously tried to earn the Republican nomination for Congress in the 2010 primaries, and found he was fighting similar issues.

“The issues have not changed, and they have only gotten worse,” he said.

Larsen said he never initially thought he would run for public office until he saw where things were heading.

“We don’t need career politicians,” he said. “I reviewed how the founding fathers wanted the House of Representatives to be run, and the people are supposed to be their constituents.”

“You come with the heartbeat of the community, and the best way to make a difference is at the federal level,” he added. “The House wasn’t made for career politicians.”

But, Larsen said, he believes the government is out of control, and people are not getting the support they need.

“Politics is local, and the size of the government is so out of control,” he said. “It is run by bureaucrats. But the federal government can’t tell us what to do with our money, we need to get it back to the state.”

“Right now, the government is run by regulators telling us what to do,” he added.

Particularly for business owners, Larsen said, regulations need to be lightened.

“People in Somerset County are business people, and regulations cut to the bone the ability to access funds,” he said. “Money is so tight, and we need to ease up on regulations. The private sector creates jobs.”

“I don’t understand when businesses became the enemy,” he added. “Private businesses provide revenue.”

For Larsen, it is about restoring the American dream.

“We want our children to have it better than we did,” he said. “We need a glimmer of hope, and the administration is not giving any.”

As he moves forward in his campaign, Larsen said, he is prepared to knock on 70,000 doors, and has a full planned-out campaign with fundraisers and other means to get his name out to the seventh district that includes all of Somerset and Hunterdon counties, as well as parts of Warren and Morris counties and Millburn in Essex County.

Larsen said that as he has been talking to people over the past few months, the concerns among residents are fairly focused.

“I have talked to hundreds of people, and the main concern is the economy,” he said. “There are people who have contributed funds before, but don’t have jobs now and their families are hurting. My heart goes out to them because what’s happening is unnecessary.”

And that, Larsen said, is where he can come in, bringing a new perspective to the Congress. He said he has the full support from his family—wife Donna and three daughters.

It’s about doing what is best for the residents, Larsen said, focusing on spending money properly while also reeling in that spending.

“We are going in the wrong direction, and I hold Congress accountable,” he said.

Julia February 15, 2012 at 12:11 AM
DiMarco, you lied. You said: "David has paid his taxes in full as per an agreement established with the Tewksbury Tax collector PRIOR to running for office." That is a lie! Why is David Larsen letting you lie to the voters on his behalf? Unless Larsen lied to federal authorities too, according to the official finance report that David Larsen filed with the feds, he stated that he began spending money on his political campaign for Congress in February of 2010. In April, David Larsen told reporters and was QUOTED WORD FOR WORD that he still owned $22,000 in back taxes. Why did you LIE to us DiMarco and tell us that the taxes were paid PRIOR to his running? How can we believe anything you write here?
Julia February 15, 2012 at 12:21 AM
DiMarco is a joke. He blames everyone except David Larsen for David Larsen not paying his taxes. This idiot is running for office to make tax law but doesn't expect the voters to question him when he doesn't pay his. What a hypocrite! The only mud throwers are Larsen and his cult of followers because that's all they have. I stiil have two questions that David Larsen hasn't answered: (1) Those businesses Larsen claims he was so successful at. When are you going to list them and where? (2) If Larsen doesn't want to list the businesses that are his sole "credential" for running for office. How about this: Can he at least list those properties YOU wrote that he SOLD to run for office and pay his property taxes?
John Di Marco February 15, 2012 at 03:20 AM
As with almost everything, you mis-understood. I said the agreement under which he paid his taxes in full was established prior to running for office. No one lied.
John Di Marco February 15, 2012 at 04:19 AM
What is demeaning to every New Jersey taxpayer is Congressman Lance's vote to increase the FHA loan limits thereby putting all taxpayers on the hook for more bad loans. “This is an irresponsible action by the folks that should be the fiduciary for the American taxpayer,” Representative Patrick McHenry, a North Carolina Republican, said in an interview. “We need to be reining in our government housing finance programs so the private sector can step in.” House Republicans opposed to the provision seized on the FHA’s annual actuarial report, which said the agency has a 50 percent chance of needing to seek taxpayer aid to bolster its insurance fund. To answer your first question, the town would be in great shape. They collected in excess of 18% on their money. Not even Warren Buffet has an ROI like that. Larsen was paying his taxes all along. Not only do the documents show his taxes never went unpaid for six years, they show he paid MORE than his "fair share". The line, "Tewksbury benefitted quite handsomely from the agreement " describes what happened very well. I will stick with it. If you went to your town tax collector and told them you would like to OVERPAY your property taxes by nearly 20%, I am confident they would thank you. Hell, if you did it long enough, they might even erect a statue of you.
Barry February 15, 2012 at 07:34 AM
Once again, Julia - the proven liar, or should we call you Amanda - can't prove a thing. No direct calls to the township of Tewksbury? That would be too simple because it would kill any and all tax issue arguements. What? No debt links to any actual Court Charges? Of course not - because there are none. All you have are innuendo, insinuations and hear say. A weak basis to substantiate any of your inaccurate accusations.
Barry February 15, 2012 at 07:36 AM
Once again, Amanda using partial quotes out of context to prove a point. How pathetic.
Barry February 15, 2012 at 07:37 AM
Ed - did you know that Lance is using Taxpayer money to fund his campaign mailers? Do you call him a straight shooter for doing that?
Barry February 15, 2012 at 07:38 AM
Repeatedly??? Another BS'er.
Barry February 15, 2012 at 07:42 AM
Where are the links to the Charges filed? Those would be public records - no? If your claim is true - where are the Charges? Time for Lance to stop bilking taxpayers from double dipping on his lucrative Federal and State benefits - and step down. Time for and Old Career Politician to retire. Especially one who voted for Cap and Tax.
Barry February 15, 2012 at 07:47 AM
Amanda throwing stones. Tell Lance to stop bilking taxpayers and giving earmarks to his friends. Stop using tax payer dollars to fund his Campaign mailers. Stop double dipping into lucrative Federal and State benefits. Stop bilking Taxpayers for personal gains.
John Di Marco February 15, 2012 at 12:49 PM
When is Lance going to stop digging us into an ever larger hole by throwing our hard-earned money at failed programs? Regarding Lance's vote to increase the FHA loan limits, NJ's only conservative congressman at the moment made the following comment: “In light of this bleak outlook for the FHA, it makes no sense to increase the size of the loans the FHA can insure,” Representative Scott Garrett, a New Jersey Republican, said when the report was released on Nov. 15.
max February 15, 2012 at 03:35 PM
John Di Marco wrote: "....the documents show his taxes never went unpaid for six years..." You mean "never" except the eight times Larsen failed to pay a single nickel toward his property taxes: 3rd quarter, 2006; 4th quarter, 2006; 3rd quarter, 2008; 4th quarter, 2008; 3rd quarter, 2009; 4th quarter, 2009; 1st quarter, 2010; 2nd quarter, 2010 Looks like David Larsen was living far beyond his means and raises legitimate questions as to whether he is fiscally conservative as he states.
John Di Marco February 15, 2012 at 04:13 PM
One of the core tenets of a fiscal conservative is how he handles taxpayer money. When Larsen decided that it was best to pay the town more than he needed to pay, that was with his own money. On the other hand, Lance voted to create an even heavier burden for the taxpayers to carry.
Julia February 15, 2012 at 05:13 PM
You did lie DiMarco! You just changed your tune. You made your statement in response to my statement that Instead of paying his taxes, Larsen ran for office. You said that was a lie. It obviously was not. Larsen started spending many thousands of dollars on his political campaign MONTHS before he got around to paying the property taxes he owed. That is irresponsible. You pay your debts first. Is this really what he wants to put out there as a qualification? Glad you could join us, Barry, I mean David. I stiil have two questions that you have not answered: (1) Those businesses you (Larsen) claim you were so successful at. When are you going to list them and where? (2) If you (Larsen) doesn't want to list the businesses that are your sole "credential" for running for office. How about this: Can you at least list those properties DiMarco wrote that you SOLD to run for office and pay your property taxes?
Julia February 15, 2012 at 05:19 PM
David (Barry) keep your shirt on! Candidates for public office have to learn to answer questions. Who mentioned the word "charges"? The documentation on your tax problems is available as you and your campaign acknowledge, but "charges"? David, are there charges? Is that what you are afraid of? Are you afraid someone will find them? You seem confident that they are not on-line, but then most "charges" are not, are they? I think your opponent will thank you for the road map.
Julia February 15, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Oh and by the way, YOU David Larsen endorsed the candidate for President who proposed CAP AND TRADE. People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
Julia February 15, 2012 at 05:24 PM
We all know how David Larsen handles money. Spend money on playing politics while putting off paying the debt. He's just like Obama!
Julia February 15, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Don't get so emotional David. Watch your language.
Barry February 15, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Amanda - once again throwing stones - side stepping the issues. Where are the charges that have been filed??? You're making accusations - where's the proof? Tell your RINO boss - he's done.
Barry February 15, 2012 at 05:55 PM
What's irresponsible is the Lance vote on NDAA, raising the budget debt ceiling and voting for Cap and Tax - among other liberal bills. What's irresponsible is paying off his friends with earmarks when he promised in a pledge - that he wouldn't. What's irresponsible is the use of taxpayer dollars to fund his campaign mailers. What's irresponsible is double dipping into Taxpayer coffers for personal gain.
John Di Marco February 15, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Dear Lance staff member, Was it a pre-requisite to be delusional before you were hired? Larsen paid his debts in full with interest. The fact that you keep rehashing a long settled issued is indicative of a desparate Lance campaign unable to defend his poor record as a legislator.
Julia February 16, 2012 at 02:09 AM
I'm not, but you are a Larsen staff member, DiMarco. Why can't you admit to being wrong? Larsen ran for Congress with the money that he should have used to pay his taxes. Don't we have enough politicians playing politics with tax money while ignoring the debt? Why do we need Larsen when he exhibits the same behavior? I stiil have two questions that David Larsen hasn't answered: (1) Those businesses Larsen claims he was so successful at. When are you going to list them and where? (2) If Larsen doesn't want to list the businesses that are his sole "credential" for running for office. How about this: Can he at least list those properties YOU wrote that he SOLD to run for office and pay his property taxes?
Julia February 16, 2012 at 02:12 AM
David (Barry) do you really want to talk about debt? You didn't pay your tax debt for months while spending thousands of dollars on your political campaign. Do you really want to talk about cap and trade when you have endorsed the politician who proposed it? You want him to be PRESIDENT???
Julia February 16, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Glad you could join us, Barry, I mean David. I stiil have two questions that you have not answered: (1) Those businesses you (Larsen) claim you were so successful at. When are you going to list them and where? (2) If you (Larsen) doesn't want to list the businesses that are your sole "credential" for running for office. How about this: Can you at least list those properties DiMarco wrote that you SOLD to run for office and pay your property taxes?
Barry February 18, 2012 at 05:17 AM
once again - no Proof. Is that all you guys have is text taken out of context, spin, insinuations, innuendo and hearsay? You guys would make for Poor attorneys. Where's the proof???
Barry February 18, 2012 at 05:19 AM
What's irresponsible is the Lance vote on NDAA, raising the budget debt ceiling and voting for Cap and Tax - among other liberal bills. What's irresponsible is paying off his friends with earmarks when he promised in a pledge - that he wouldn't. What's irresponsible is the use of taxpayer dollars to fund his campaign mailers. What's irresponsible is double dipping into Taxpayer coffers for personal gain. What's criminal is what Lance is doing with our TAXDOLLARS. That's what's criminal.
Julia February 20, 2012 at 01:24 AM
David, get a grip. The candidate who you ENDORSED FOR PRESIDENT actually PROPOSED CAP AND TAX as a member of Congress. Then he pushed the idea sitting on a sofa next to Nancy Pelosi. Some conservative you are! David, I'd be real careful about throwing the word "criminal" around if I were you. Congressman Lance has been around a long time and nobody has ever accused him of being a criminal. Now you come along and start. People in glass houses...
Barry February 20, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Once again, you lie. Stop your smear tactics. Show the proof. READERS - I have attacked Lance's records that can be verified. Julia - or rather - Amanda - has put forth nothing but lies, innuendo, half truths, hear say and parts of text taken out of context. Whom would you vote for - Liars from the Lance Administration team who have yet to issue actual real proof - or - Larsen, who has a vision to help save the US Taxpayers from the likes of Liberal Lenny Lance and Obama? Again, pointing out the facts that Lance is on the take - giving his friends earmarks when he pledged not to thus getting the award of Porker of the Year, using Taxpayer funds to pay for his campaign literature, voting for Cap and Tax, voting to give Obama a higher debt ceiling, voting to fund ObamaCare, voting for Lilly Ledbedder and other various liberal spending bills that help grow Government. Do you want a Conservative or a Liberal - the choice is clear.
Julia February 24, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Don't melt down David, it was in the newspaper. Google it. You really can't take the heat, can you?
Barry February 24, 2012 at 06:42 AM
Once again, no proof. Try calling the township. Simple enough. Again, READERS - do you want to vote for a person who has his administration team tossing out smear campaigns and using Taxpayer dollars to fund his campaign mailers? Do you want a Liberal who votes liberal at every chance he can get? OR, do you want to vote for a Conservative - a TRUE - conservative who knows and understands how Government over-regulation can harm businesses. A True conservative who understands that there are consequences to the votes that are made? You want to vote for DAVE LARSEN. Lance has a liberal record and is trying to hide it now. He's using his administrative team to smear Dave Larsen and those who truly do believe that a change is in order - people like me. Tell Amanda over there at Lance's Office that Lance needs to stop bilking the taxpaying public. Liberal Lance - born with a silver spoon in his mouth living the life of a career politician who only knows how to bilk the taxpayers of their hard earned money for personal gains.

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