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State Sen. Christopher Bateman, right, and former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli

Bateman backs Kean for Congress

By Nikita Biryukov, September 10 2019 2:25 pm

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State Sen. Kip Bateman (R-Branchburg) backed Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean for Congress in the state’s seventh congressional district Tuesday.

“I went down to his announcement. I think Tom would be a great congressman — his experience in the legislature, and he’s a committed public servant,” Bateman said. “I’m happy to support him financially and with my endorsement.”

Kean faces a primary challenge from former U.S. Senate staffer Rosemary Becchi, who has positioned herself to the minority leader’s right.

The two are vying for the opportunity to take on first-term Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Rocky Hill).

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