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New Jersey State Senate Minority Leader Thomas H. Kean, Jr.

Kean announces set of Democratic endorsements

Stockton mayor, former Westfield councilman back Republican challenger

By Nikita Biryukov, October 14 2020 12:23 pm

Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean (R-Westfield) announced endorsements from two current and former Democratic officials Wednesday.

“We need a Congressman who is going to put his district before anything else,” Stockton Borough Mayor Tim Nemeth said. “Tom Kean, Jr. has a track record of reaching across the aisle to get results for his constituents. That’s what I want to see more of in Washington.”

Kean is running to oust first-term Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) in the state’s seventh congressional district.

Former Westfield Councilman Tony LaPorta joined Nemeth, a Democrat who first won a borough council seat in 2011, in endorsing Kean.

“I’m a lifelong Democrat, and I don’t have to change my party registration to support someone across the aisle who I can find common ground with,” he said. “Tom Malinowski is a partisan protestor who can’t get out of his own way. He’s fine with sitting on his hands, voting with Nancy Pelosi 97% of the time, and delivering nothing for us here in New Jersey. Tom Kean will get Congress working again for all of us.”

The race in the seventh district is one of the most closely watched contests in the state. The Cook Political Report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball say the race leans Democratic, though Politico rates it as a toss-up.

“This campaign has been about bringing people together,” Kean said. “The most efficient and effective way to overcome these difficult times is for us to put partisan politics aside and rally around the best solutions for New Jersey. I have a long record of reaching across the aisle and I am proud to be supported by Democrats across New Jersey.”

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