Dem mayor seeks support to challenge Kean

New Jersey’s first openly gay Mayor is expected to run for State Senator next year against incumbent Thomas Kean, Jr. Gina Genovese, the Democratic Mayor of Long Hill, has been preparing for a campaign against Kean since the summer, according to local Democratic leaders. Genovese comes from Morris County, which represents only a small part of the 21st district. She must still win the backing the Union County Democratic organization, which typically decides who will run in this fairly Republican district. But in 2003, attorney Ellen Steinberg easily won the Democratic primary for State Assembly running off of the organization line. Kean carried his own legislative district by 5,684 votes — a 54%-46% margin — against Robert Menendez in his campaign for the United States Senate earlier this month. Kean won thirteen of the sixteen towns in the 21st, losing just Millburn, Roselle Park and Springfield. In Long Hill, Kean won 62% against Menendez, carrying the town by 774 votes. Genovese was elected to the Long Hill Township Committee in 2004, defeating a twelve-year Republican incumbent. The 3-2 Republican majority in Long Hill elected her Mayor in January 2006. Kean won his ’03 Senate race by 17,588 votes (69%) margin over Democrat Frank McIntyre, and won a State Assembly seat in 2001 by 15,724 votes over Westfield Mayor Thomas Jardim

Dem mayor seeks support to challenge Kean