December 7, 2005

BALANCES OUT THE SANTORUM LOSS:

G.O.P. Puts Its Muscle Behind a Younger Kean (DAVID W. CHEN, 12/07/05, NY Times)

In an early sign of the importance of next year's contest for the United States Senate in New Jersey, national and state Republican leaders signaled their support Tuesday for State Senator Thomas H. Kean Jr., the namesake son of one of New Jersey's most popular former governors.

United States Senator Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina, the chairwoman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, flew here to pledge her "strong personal support" for Mr. Kean.

"He's a person who builds coalitions to get things done," said Mrs. Dole, who leads the effort by Senate Republicans to raise money for their candidates.

In a strong indication of the way Republicans are coalescing around Mr. Kean's moderate credentials, Bret D. Schundler, the conservative former mayor of Jersey City who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2001 and this year, promised to raise at least $10,000 for Mr. Kean.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 7, 2005 10:01 AM
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