Kean insists party will play hard in District 1

TRENTON – The news that a public dime judge would likely be the new-look Cape May Republican Organization’s candidate against state Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-Dennis Twp.) produced some audible sighs among Republicans here still loyal to David Von Savage, a chairman kicked to the curb last year by Tea Party loyalists and disgruntled former candidates. 

Against the backdrop of party buzz that former U.S. Marshal (and former Cape May Sheriff) James Plousis might jump in the race and challenge David S. DeWeese for the party’s nomination, state Sen. Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield) didn’t radiate love in any specific direction.

He’ll let the process play out, but insisted Van Drew will have a contest. The GOP won’t give ground down there in its effort this year to land a majority.

“We’re going to have extraordinarily strong candidates everywhere,” Kean told  

In the meantime, The Press of Atlantic City reported that Will Morey, of Wildwood Crest and Upper Township Committeewoman Kristine Gabor would be the county’s two GOP candidates for freeholder, selected last night at an open process convention run by new Chairman Michael Donohue.

Kean insists party will play hard in District 1