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Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (Photo: Gage Skidmore).

Pompeo endorses Kean for Congress in NJ-7

Ex-U.S. Secretary of State takes sides in GOP primary to pick Malinowski opponent

By David Wildstein, April 19 2022 5:55 pm

A political action committee led by former U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has endorsed Tom Kean, Jr. for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 7th district.

“Tom Kean, Jr. is the model of a true public servant,” said Pompeo, the chairman of Champion American Values PAC. “Tom has an unmatched record of standing up for his constituents and his home state of New Jersey, and I am proud to endorse him to take the fight down to Washington on behalf of the people of New Jersey.”

Kean, the former minority leader of the New Jersey State Senate, is seeking a rematch with Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes).  He came within one percentage point of unseating Malinowski in 2020.

“Tom is the exact kind of leader New Jersey needs to help break the back of inflation, secure our nation’s borders, and put a check on the Democrats to get our country back on track,” Pompeo said.

The endorsement gives Kean the backing of one of the most visible members of former President Donald Trump’s administration seven weeks before a Republican primary against more conservative opponents, including Assemblyman Erik Peterson (R-Franklin).

Pompeo was serving his fourth term as a congressman from Kansas when Trump named him to head the Central Intelligence Agency in 2017.  He replaced Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State in 2018.

He is viewed as a potential GOP presidential candidate in 2024.

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