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

NRCC elevates Kean to Young Guns list

By David Wildstein, November 08 2021 8:02 pm

Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. is one of eight GOP congressional challengers nationally to be elevated to Young Guns program by the Republican National Congressional Committee.

He is seeking a rematch with Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) in the 2022 midterm elections after coming within 1% of unseating him last year.

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Since entering the race in July, Kean raised $630,512 during his first three months of the race and has received endorsements from top GOP House leaders.

“I am running for Congress to be a leader in stabilizing affordability, inspiring economic growth and building infrastructure in North Jersey,” Kean said.  “Thank you to Leader McCarthy and the NRCC for believing in that mission.  New Jersey deserves a Congressman who will serve with integrity and always put their best interests first.  We will defeat Tom Malinowski.”

In October, Kean was the only New Jersey Republican to make the first round of “On the Radar” candidates.  That means he’s met a minimum threshold for campaign organization and had demonstrated some potential in a winnable district.

The designation helps congressional candidates gain access to major donors across the U.S. as Republicans seek to overtake the slim, five-seat Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In New Hampshire’s 1st district, New Jersey native Matt Mowers is one of four Republican candidates to make the “On the Radar” list.  He is making his second bid to unseat Democratic Rep. Chris Pappas

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