A Fairleigh Dickinson University poll for the 2012 U.S. Senate race that has Tom Kean, Jr. in a statistical dead heat with incumbent Robert Menendez will likely increase speculation that Kean is a contender for an appointment to the Senate, if a vacancy were to occur. Kean led Menendez 39%-38%; in 2006, Menendez beat Kean, now the State Senate Minority Leader, 53%-45%. If Frank Lautenberg, 86-years-old and battling stomach cancer, decides not to finish his term, GOP Gov. Christopher Christie would appoint a U.S. Senator who would presumably run in a special election to fill the seat.