06/05/2012 10:32 pm ET

Leonard Lance Fends Off New Jersey Republican Primary Challenger

U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance defeated his Republican primary rival, conservative businessman David Larsen, the the Star-Ledger reports.

Lance, who represents the 7th Congressional District, is seeking his third term in the central Jersey district, which became more conservative in recent redistricting.

Larsen, who ran to the right of Lance, sought to position himself as a Reagan conservative, accusing Lance of adopting such positions only when it's politically convenient. Lance countered that Larsen didn’t even vote in the 1980 and 1984 presidential elections.

Lance, a moderate who formerly served as a state senator in Trenton, ran ads this election cycle touting himself as a “principled conservative,” according to the Star-Ledger.

Patch.com has the latest polling.