A group of powerful New Jersey Democrats are hosting a fundraiser for Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III to boost his campaign a United States Senate seat in Massachusetts.
State Sen. Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch) is heading the event this Friday at the Wilentz Law firm’s Eatontown offices. Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe, powerbroker Maggie Moran, Assemblyman Tom Giblin, State Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-Plainsboro) and Essex County Clerk Christopher Durkin are the hosts of the fundraiser.
The grandson of Robert F. Kennedy and a four-term congressman, Kennedy is challenging incumbent Edward Markey in the September 1 Democratic U.S. Senate primary.
Contributions range from $250 to $2,000.
A Boston Globe/Suffolk University poll released last week has Kennedy, 39, with a six-point lead over the 73-year-old Markey, who won a Senate seat in 2013 after John Kerry resigned to become U.S. Secretary of State.
The fundraiser is taking place about 60 miles from New Jersey’s 2nd district, where his cousin, Amy Kennedy, is seeking the Democratic nomination for Congress to run against Rep. Jeff Van Drew.
Amy Kennedy is married to Patrick J. Kennedy, a former seven-term congressman from Massachusetts, and the son of former U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy.