NJ Politics Digest: Tom Kean Jr. Mulls Run for Congress

Tom Kean Jr.

Tom Kean Jr. Kevin B. Sanders for Observer

The election is two years away, but Republican State Sen. Tom Kean Jr. is already preparing a possible run for Congress.

On Thursday Kean said he was contemplating a run in the state’s seventh District, where the seat is currently held by freshman Democrat Tom Malinowski, according to a report by the New Jersey Globe website.

The 50-year-old leader of Senate Republicans said he was concerned “about the direction of our Congress” because the House of Representative is now under a Democratic majority, according to the report.

The seventh district was long represented by Republican Leonard Lance, but he was ousted in November’s blue wave that left the state with a single Republican representative.

Kean, the son of popular former Gov. Tom Kean, first won election to the state Assembly in 2001 and moved to the Senate in 2003. He unsuccessfully ran against Sen. Bob Menendez in 2006.

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NJ Politics Digest: Tom Kean Jr. Mulls Run for Congress