Tom Kean, state Senate Minority Leader
Strengths: He defined himself in opposition to Christie at exactly the right time, becoming the first politician to win a political fight with the indefatigable governor in his resistance to a Christie-coordinated coup to dislodge him as senate minority leader. Son of former Gov. Tom Kean, he also has name ID, of course.
Weaknesses: Although he ran statewide before, he remains haunted by that 2006 unsuccessful effort. True, he did better than any other GOP challenger at the height of Bush Iraq War outrage, but he also made well-documented missteps.
Prognosis: He appears poised to make one more statewide run.
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"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran- Star-Ledger
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