Elizabeth Dole, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Giuliani, Bloomberg, Mitch McConnell and no less than Dick Cheney will be fundraising for Junior. Does anyone want to check into whether Cheney has a valid NJ hunting license?
From the New York Times:
G.O.P. Stalwarts Line Up Behind a New Jersey Name
Although Election Day is still nine months away, some of the top figures in the national Republican Party are already stepping forward to help state Senator Thomas H. Kean Jr. in his effort to change the “state” in his job title to “United States.”
In December, Senator Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina, the chairwoman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, flew to New Jersey to signal her support for his candidacy for the United States Senate. Now, the Kean campaign is eagerly awaiting the arrival of at least half a dozen big-name Republicans over the next month to headline fund-raisers, at a time when many campaigns are still gearing up.
They include three Republicans who may seek their party’s presidential nomination in 2008: Senator John McCain of Arizona, who is expected to campaign with Mr. Kean in Short Hills on Sunday; Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts; and former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani.
Mr. Giuliani’s successor, Michael R. Bloomberg, has agreed to cross the Hudson River on behalf of Mr. Kean, a fellow moderate. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky are also expected. And capping it off, with a March 20 fund-raiser in Newark, is Vice President Dick Cheney.
“We’re confident that we’ll have the resources we need to win in November,” said Jill Hazelbaker, a spokeswoman for the Kean campaign.
The fund-raisers are scheduled at an unusually early juncture in the race. But for Mr. Kean, a 37-year-old legislator from Union County, the big-name help underscores the party’s determination to win a Senate seat in New Jersey for the first time since Clifford P. Case was elected to a fourth term in 1972…