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  •  Tom Kean, Jr. is the likely GOP candidate (none)
    He could definitely beat Menendez. I would say that race would be about 50/50 chance either way. Pallone would be a much stronger candidate but to think he would even be safe is ridiculous.
    •  I agree it'll be harder work (none)
      The main thing we have going for us is this particular Republican party on the national level, which of course the new senator would be part of. NJ may well think fondly of Tom Kean (and by extension, Jr.) and his type of Republicans, but they ain't the kind that holds water with the national party any more. There's a new Tom in charge! And I don't know that a majority of NJians are comfortable with the DeLay types in Congress, speaking as someone with relatives literally in every region of the state (both NYC and Philly 'burbs, shore, Pinelands, western expanses), and we'll be in better shape if we fight against what the Republican candidate will become as part of the national party that if we fight against him alone.

      The public wants what the public gets, but I don't get what this society wants -- Paul Weller

      by jamfan on Thu Apr 14, 2005 at 03:57:21 PM PDT

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      •  As New Jersey becomes more racially . . . (none)
        and ethnically diverse, it will be harder for a moderate Republican to win a statewide race than it was in the past. Even voters who might be tempted to vote Republican will think twice this time around because the national party is so off the wall.

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