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Former Gov. Thomas Kean. (Photo by Nikita Biryukov)

Gov. Kean will campaign, fundraise for son’s House bid

By Nikita Biryukov, April 16 2019 8:03 pm

Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean’s congressional bid will get a boost from New Jersey’s most popular former governor.

Kean’s father, former Gov. Thomas Kean, on Monday told the New Jersey Globe he intends to stump for his son.

“I’ll do everything I can for him. Where he wants me, there I’ll go,” the elder Kean said. “I plan to be on the campaign trail. I’m not bad at it too when I get going.”

The younger Kean formally announced his campaign Monday evening. The elder Kean introduced his son at the event.

Gov. Kean will also try to help the minority leader with his fundraising, though he was less confident in his skills in that regard.

“I’ve never been a great fundraiser, but I’ll do as well as I can,” he said.

Gov. Kean spent ten years in the State Assembly, serving as speaker from 1972 to 1974 and minority leader from 1974 to 1977.  He was elected governor in 1981 by 1,797 votes — the closest race in state history — and then re-elected in 1985 with 70% of the vote — the biggest landslide in state history.

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