House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt made the following statement upon hearing the news this morning that Governor John Lynch would not be seeking re-election:
“While Governor Lynch and I have differed on many issues throughout his tenure, those of us involved in public service fully understand the tremendous sacrifice that public office entails and I appreciate his years of service and deep dedication to the State of New Hampshire. His family must also be sincerely thanked for the sacrifices that they have had to make over the past few years.
Gov. Lynch should also be commended for his commitment to a constitutional amendment to fix education funding in New Hampshire, for his strong, willing hand to help those in need during our unfortunate natural disasters, and his staunch opposition to a sales or income tax. Putting politics aside, John Lynch has always tried to do what he felt was in the best interest of the people of New Hampshire."