Is Kean about to buck the family tradition?

If Tom Kean, Jr. wins election to the United States Senate in November, he will become the first Kean to win statewide office on the first try. His great-grandfather, Hamilton Fish Kean, lost the 1924 GOP primary for U.S. Senate (to the incumbent, Walter Edge) and then won a Senate seat in 1928. His great-great-uncle, John Kean, lost an 1892 race for Governor (by just 7,625 votes to George Werts) and then won a seat in the U.S. Senate seven years later. His father, Thomas Kean, Sr., lost his bid for the 1977 Republican gubernatorial nomination (to Raymond Bateman) before becoming Governor in 1981. His grandfather, Robert Winthrop Kean, gave up a House seat he had held for twenty years to run for the United States Senate in 1958; he lost to Democrat Harrison Williams and never ran again.

Is Kean about to buck the family tradition?