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A Republican source said he just got a phone call from one of state Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean’s (R-21) fundraisers notifying him that Kean, Jr. is indeed preparing to run for Congress in the 7th District.
That’s the seat currently occupied by U.S. Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-7).
In the aftermath of two 2018 patrician ejections (Frelinghuysen and Lance) it’s a Mayflower-persistent follow-through by the Central Jersey GOP, which cut a deal some time ago to give Kean the CD7 shot in exchange for a 2017 (and maybe 2021?) gubernatorial run by former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16).
Kean’s from Union.
Ciattarelli’s from neighboring Somerset.
“Kean Jr,” said the source, “is calling his contributors telling them that he is running against Malinowski.”
Malinowski last year eked out a victory against incumbent U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7), who held the senate minority seat prior to Kean.
A 2020 run and win by Kean would likely give Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) a first crack at the upper house.