Kean: ‘shutting down government not an option’

LINDEN – Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean (R-Westfield) won’t say it isn’t contentious in Trenton now, but he does not anticipate a government shutdown over the state budget, where Democrats want Gov. Chris Christie to impose a millionaires’ tax – which the governor says he would veto; and where Democrats object to a myriad of the governor’s cuts. 

“When we had a government shutdown a few years ago, it was because people weren’t really working to find solutions,” said Kean, who appeared with Christie here as the governor pitched his 2.5% local spending cap.

“Here we’ve got people who are going to work together to find solutions, and I think people know that shutting down the government is not one of those options.”

Beaten by U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-Hoboken) in 2006, Kean today wouldn’t rule out another run at Menendez, but also didn’t say it’s going to happen. 

“Today we’re focused on finding ways to make the state more affordable and government more accountable,” the state senate minority leader told

Kean: ‘shutting down government not an option’