Kemp helped Bell, Kean win GOP primaries

Jack Kemp, the former NFL player and nine-term New York Congressman who passed away tonight at the age of 73, played key roles in two New Jersey Republican statewide primaries. In 1978, Kemp campaigned for Jeffrey Bell, a conservative former Reagan speechwriter who beat four-term incumbent Clifford Case in the Republican primary. Part of Bell’s campaign platform included his strong support for Kemp-Roth, which sought to reduce income tax rates by nearly 33%. In 1981, Kemp endorsed Tom Kean in his bid for the Republican nomination for Governor. With endorsements from conservatives like Kemp and Bell, Kean was able to enhance his appeal to GOP primary voters.

Kemp helped Bell, Kean win GOP primaries