The Kean Jr. for Ciattarelli Deal in Gear as Expected in CD7

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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.

According to Save Jersey, Kean will formally announce his candidacy for Congress on April 16th.

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  • 1Prop

    Jr. has risen higher than he should ever have.

  • Henry

    RINO Bramnick is lucky if he makes it in November!

  • tiredofit

    So a five percentage point win — 51.7% for Malinwoski to 46.7% for Lance — is eking out a victory? Maybe for a multi-term incumbent in a safe district, but for a Democrat against an entrenched incumbent?

    There’s enough drama in politics without having to make it up.

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