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Former Senate Minority Leader Thomas H. Kean, Jr. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Warren GOP executive committee backs Kean for Congress

After redistricting, all of Warren is in NJ-7

By David Wildstein, February 03 2022 4:07 am

Tom Kean, Jr. has won his first party organization endorsement in his bid to unseat Rep. Tom Malinowski in New Jersey’s 7th district, receiving the unanimous support of the Warren County Republican Executive Committee.

“Republicans in Warren County overwhelmingly and wholeheartedly support Tom Kean for Congress,” said Doug Steinhardt, the GOP county chairman.  “To Tom Malinowski, Warren County is just a flyover county.  He couldn’t find us on the map, let alone represent us in Congress.  We are all in to elect Tom Kean, Jr. and give Warren County a voice in Congress.”

All 22 municipalities in Warren County are now in the 7th after a new map approved by the Congressional Redistricting Commission shifted 15 municipalities from Rep. Josh Gottheimer’s 5th district to 7th.

The decision of Warren County Republican leaders to support Kean, the former minority leader of the New Jersey State Senate, comes one month after Assemblyman Erik Peterson (R-Franklin) launched own run for Congress in NJ-7.    Peterson represents 11 Warren County towns in the legislature.

Kean is seeking a rematch with Malinowski after coming with 1% of unseating him in 2020.

But first he needs to get past Peterson and six others in the Republican primary, including Fredon Mayor John Flora, businessman John Henry Isemann, and Phil Rizzo, a former pastor and real estate developer who ran for governor last year.

“Warren County is led by strong, principled leaders here at home, but by a careless, failed Congressman in Tom Malinowski,” said Kean.  “Warren County will always be able to count on me in Congress.”

Kean still must win a ratification vote of the full county committee, but historically the executive committee recommendation always holds.

According to Kean, the Warren GOP executive committee is made up of 21 municipal chairs and nearly one-third of the county committee.

Next up on the calendar is the Hunterdon County Republican Convention on February 10.

Sterling Irwin Schwab, a U.S. Navy veteran from Flemington who works as an account executive for a freight company, Kevin Dorlon, a licensed public works contractor from Long Valley, and Robert Trugman, a Summit salon owner, are also seeking the GOP nomination.

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