A special message to Tom Kean, Jr.

No Republican has ever won a statewide election in New Jersey without carrying Bergen County, and Democrats have won Bergen County 80% of the time over the last ten years. Doug Forrester lost Bergen to Jon Corzine by 32,000 votes and to Frank Lautenberg by 29,000 in 2002. James E. McGreevey won Bergen by 29,000 in 2001, Bob Torricelli won it by 35,000 in 1996, and Lautenberg by 9,000 in 1994. In presidential elections, John Kerry won Bergen by 18,000 votes in 2004; Bill Clinton (1996) and Al Gore (2000) each carried Bergen by 50,000 vote margins. Only two Republicans — Bob Franks, running against Corzine in 2000, and Christie Whitman, seeking re-election in 1997 — carried Bergen County; Franks by 4,000 and Whitman by 30,000. If Tom Kean, Jr., the likely GOP candidate for U.S. Senate in 2006, doesn’t win Bergen County, he may not be able to win the general election.

A special message to Tom Kean, Jr.