Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean made it to the next round of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Young Guns program Wednesday.
“Our campaign to send New Jersey values to Washington is picking up momentum every day,” Kean said. “I thank the NRCC for their support and recognition of this campaign’s hard work.”
Kean was one of 35 “contender” candidates the NRCC announced Wednesday. He was the only New Jersey Republican to make the list in the first round.
“These hardworking candidates have proven their ability to run strong, competitive campaign operations,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. “We’re going to ensure these contenders are victorious in November by forcing their Democratic opponents to own their party’s radical socialist agenda.”
Candidates need to hit unspecified fundraising and organizational benchmarks to advance through the Young Guns program.
Kean is running against first-term Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Rocky Hill).
“Tom Malinowski is failing the people of New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District,” Kean Campaign Manager Theresa Winegar said. “He is a Washington transplant that is simply implementing the wishes of Nancy Pelosi. He votes with her 100% of the time, even when it means jeopardizing thousands of New Jersey jobs. Senator Kean is winning this race because he understands our New Jersey values and has a record of public service to prove it.”