The New Jersey Senate Primary
It certainly seems strange, at least to us, people would go out of their way to vote for a candidate like James Kelly. Obviously these were protest votes against the incumbent Senator Bob Menendez. The fact that 16 percent of Democrats voting in the primary wanted to send this message tells us Menendez is not as strong as the usual suspects would have us believe.
Now on the other hand, Tom Kean faced a candidate in the Republican primary who is active in party politics and received endorsements from some conservative groups. Kean’s challenger, John Ginty, holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame, the University of Chicago business school and Rutgers law school. He was also a submariner in the Navy from 1988 to 1993.
Most would agree Ginty was a qualified candidate for a U.S. Senate seat and a worthy primary challenger. He garnered 25 percent of the vote. To be sure, Kean had greater financial resources and the backing of the Republican Party establishment, but at least he faced a viable candidate. What’s Menendez’ excuse?