New Jersey Republicans do well in years when the Yankees sweep the Red Sox in a five game series. The last time it happened at Fenway Park was in 1943 and Republicans won the Governor’s race by 127,760 votes. In 1951, when New York swept a five game series with Boston at Yankee stadium, Republicans picked up two State Senate seats and five Assembly seats. The Yankees have reached the World Series in four of the six years that a member of the Kean family has run for statewide office in New Jersey. When Hamilton Kean won a U.S. Senate seat in 1928, the Yankees won the World Series with four straight wins over the St. Louis Cardinals, but when Kean ran for re-election in 1934, the Detroit Tigers won the pennant. In 1958, Robert Kean was the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate and the Yankees defeated the Boston Braves in seven games to win the World Championship. The Yankees made it to the World Series in 1977, when Thomas Kean Sr. unsuccessfully sought the GOP nomination for Governor, and beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games. When Kean Sr. ran again 1981, the Dodgers defeated the Yankees, four games to two. Like his grandfather, the year Kean Sr. ran for re-election (1985), the Yankees did not make it to the post-season. Editor’s Note: It could be argued that the number is really four out of seven — the Yankees did not play in the 1905 World Series, when John Kean won re-election to a second term in the U.S. Senate (the New York Giants beat the Philadelphia Athletics), but that was before the direct election of United States Senators. The bottom line is that when Keans run for re-election to statewide office, the Yankees never make it to the World Series, giving George Steinbrenner some reason to fear for the success of his 2012 team if Thomas Kean, Jr. defeats Robert Menendez this year.