All in the name

A new Wall Street Journal/Zogby poll shows State Senator Tom Kean, Jr. leading two Democratic Congressman in a hypothetical head-to-head contest for the United States Senate. Kean leads Rob Andrews by eight points, 44%-36%, and Bob Menendez by nine points, 43%-34%. Against popular Acting Governor Richard Codey, Kean trails by four pecentage points, 45%-41%. While Kean’s strong showing is likely a residual benefit of his father’s name ID (Tom Kean, Sr. was Governor from 1982 to 1990, and won re-election with 70% of the vote, carring 560 of the state’s 563 municipalities), there has not been a poll showing a Republican leading in a New Jersey U.S. Senate race a year before the election since Clifford Case in 1971. The WSJ/Zogby poll has Jon Corzine ahead of Doug Forrester, 48%-39%.

All in the name