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Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr.

Kean hasn’t decided if he’ll keep leadership role next year

Minority leader focused on LD1, he says

By Nikita Biryukov, October 14 2019 1:12 pm

Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. hasn’t decided whether he’ll step down from his leadership position in the legislature while seeking a House seat next year.

“I think we’re focusing right now on getting Mike Testa across the finish line,” Kean said, “And as with anything, those decisions are made by the caucus the Thursday after the Tuesday.”

The minority leader’s father, former Gov. Tom Kean Sr., gave up his leadership post in the legislature when he ran for governor in 1977.

His successor was James Hurley (R-Millville), who spent four years as Assembly Minority Leader before moving up to the Senate.  Hurley is now backing Testa for his old seat.

Kean is one of two Republicans seeking the nod to take on freshman Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Rocky Hill) next year.

He faces former U.S. Senate staffer Rosemary Becchi. So far, Kean more of the district’s Democrats have indicated support for Kean.

He’s even won the backing of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

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