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

Kean backs Testa for State Senate

Cumberland GOP chairman seeking Van Drew

By David Wildstein, November 29 2018 5:01 pm

Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr.  has endorsed Michael Testa for State Senate in the 1st district.

Jeff Van Drew will resign his Senate seat in January when he takes his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.   That will trigger a November 2019 special election for the remaining 26 months of Van Drew’s term.

Assemblyman Robert Andrzejak (D-Middle) is widely expected to move up to the Senate in January and be the Democratic candidate in the special.

“South Jersey needs more leaders like Michael Testa,” said Kean. “He is a small businessman and community servant with the passion and the credentials to effectively stand up for Cape May and Cumberland Counties.

Testa is the Cumberland County Republican Chairman.

He faces a possible primary challenge from former Assemblyman Samuel Fiocchi.

“Republicans are gaining ground in South Jersey. From Chris Brown’s Senate victory in 2017 to Salem County taking back control of their Freeholder board this year, there has been an organized effort to elect leaders who will grow South Jersey’s economy. Michael Testa is a top tier recruit to help take the next step in that fight.”
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