Tom Kean, Jr. continues the family tradition of losing a big primary and then winning one. His great-grandfather, Hamilton Kean, lost the 1924 GOP primary for U.S. Senate (to the incumbent, Walter Edge) and then won a Senate seat in 1928. His father, Thomas Kean, Sr., lost primaries for Congress (to Millicent Fenwick in 1974 by just 83 votes) and Governor (to Raymond Bateman in 1977) before winning the 1981 gubernatorial election. Kean, Jr. lost his first bid for public office six years ago — a congressional primary against Michael Ferguson. Menendez also lost his first campaign — a local race for Union City Commissioner in 1982.