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Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean isn’t flaunting his role in Cumberland County Republican Chairman Michael Testa’s victory.
“I think it was a great team effort,” he said. “You have to have a great candidate who focused on a message and wants to focus on things that are important to the people of New Jersey, and we had a great team effort from myself and a number of individuals in the caucus. We also had great team support with the state party and the Republicans in the Assembly. Everybody was engaged.”
Kean and State Republican Chairman Doug Steinhardt played heavily in the district, frequently making trips down to the state’s southernmost district from their respective perches in Union and Warren Counties.
The work paid off. The district’s State Senate Seat and its two Assembly seats were the only pickups either party made at the state level this year, despite a number of tight races in Republican-held districts.
To Kean, it’s a sign that voters still like Republicans’ policy priorities.
“People were focused on affordability, and they knew they wanted a person who understood small business, understood their priority was making the state more affordable and having a really strong voice in Trenton,” Kean said. “and I think Michael Testa and his team have shown they took the campaign seriously.”