Longtime McCain backer Kean likes McCain-Crist ticket

ASBURY PARK – A supporter of Sen. John McCain’s since the Arizona senator’s first run for president in 2000, state Sen. Sean Kean (R-Monmouth) said he believes Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, Jr., would be a good running mate for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

"Florida’s an important state and Crist is popular," Kean told PolitickerNJ.com.

He also likes the fact that Crist is a governor, which adds an executive dimension to the candidacy of McCain, who has served in the U.S. Congress for two decades.

Kean personally likes former Gov. Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania, but acknowledges that Ridge’s pro choice views might alienate critical base Republican voters.

The senator left open the possibility that McCain could spring a surprise choice. "McCain has the capability to take somebody no one’s talking about," Kean said. Longtime McCain backer Kean likes McCain-Crist ticket