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

Kean backs Stanfield for State Senate seat

By David Wildstein, January 15 2021 9:13 am

Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. has endorsed Jean Stanfield for State Senate in the 8th legislative district, giving her an important boost as she seeks the Republican nomination in her bid to unseat incumbent Dawn Marie Addiego (D-Evesham).

“Jean Stanfield is the exact type of leader South Jersey needs in this difficult time for our state and country,” Kean said.  “Over the past year in Trenton, she has brought together leaders of all political stripes to deliver timely solutions when the people of South Jersey needed it most”

Stanfield (R-Westampton) is serving her first term in the State Assembly.  She was elected in 2019 after 18 years as the Burlington County Sheriff.

“For Jean, public service is about the health and prosperity of New Jersey, not the will of a political machine,” Kean said. “Jean will be an outstanding addition to the Senate, and she has my full support.”

Addiego is seeking re-election to the Senate as a Democrat after switching parties in January 2019.  She had previously served on Kean’s Senate Republican leadership team.

Kean’s early endorsement will help guide Republicans in Burlington, Atlantic and Camden counties who must still award Stanfield the organization line for the June GOP primary.

The Stanfield vs. Addiego race is expected to be among the most expensive in the state.  Kean runs Senate Republican Majority, the leadership political action committee that controls the flow of state party dollars to Republican Senate candidates.

Addiego as re-elected in 2017 by a narrow 52%-48% margin in a district that has become more Democratic over the last ten years, but not enough to stop two Republicans from holding the Assembly seats in 2019.

The last time a Democrat won the 8th in an election was 1973.  Assemblyman John Sweeney (D-Florence) held the seat for two years before Jim Saxton (R-Bordentown), a future congressman, unseated him.

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