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Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Kean gets endorsement from Warren GOP

Malinowski opponent has now run the table on county Republican lines

By David Wildstein, February 11 2020 10:54 am

Warren County Republicans have endorsed Thomas Kean, Jr. for Congress in New Jersey’s 7th district.

Kean has now won Republican organization backing in five counties.  He won conventions in Union, Somerset and Hunterdon counties in his bid to unseat freshman Rep. Tom Malinowski (R-Ringoes).

Essex County endorsed Kean earlier this month.   Morris County has no organization line and does not make endorsements.

Kean, the minority leader of the New Jersey State Senate, has been the front runner for the GOP nomination since Malinowski ousted five-term incumbent Leonard Lance in November 2018.

The field was essentially cleared last month when Rosemary Becchi dropped out of the 7th district race and decided to challenge Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) in the 11th.

Kean won 99.5% of the vote at the Union County GOP convention on January 29, with just one vote going to Rob Trugman, a Summit businessman.

Tom Phillips, a human resources executive from Scotch Plains, is also seeking the GOP nomination.

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