The old tavern tactic

When the first Tom Kean was running for Governor in 1981, one of his primary opponents, Bo Sullivan, wondered at a candidate forum whether Kean was really the kind of guy who felt comfortable having a “Beer in Bayonne.” After the primary, Kean and Sullivan got together (TV cameras in tow) one night and went to a bar in Bayonne to enjoy a beer together. A quarter century later, the second Tom Kean, a candidate for the United States Senate, is replicating the old tavern tactic that helped his father win his first statewide election. Kean will be in Bergenfield today to discuss taxes at Tommy Foxes Public House Restaurant & Bar. But the second Kean is making a slight adjustment to the family tradition: he’ll be at the bar at 9:30 AM.

The old tavern tactic