Tom Kean Jr has made a lot of noise on immigration, adopting an extreme position to the right of Bush. He opposes a path to citizenship even for those who have been living and paying taxes here for years:
Kean accused Menendez of being misguided in his willingness to give amnesty to illegal immigrants and said he would not reward lawbreakers with citizenship.
If he was banking on this hardline stance as his ticket to rallying his base and wedging the vote, he might want to reconsider.
A Rutgers-Eagleton poll released today found that 65% of New Jersey adults believe that “illegal immigrants who have lived and worked in the United States for at least two years ought to be allowed to keep their jobs and eventually apply for legal status.” Even within his own party, 62% support a path to legal status.
“My position has been clear and consistent,” Kean said. “I don’t think we should reward illegal behavior.”
Clearly and consistently out of touch with the people of New Jersey – including those of his party. Anyone who considers two thirds of the state to be misguided is going to have a tough time getting their votes.
For some great irony, flashback to May 25, when the Kean Jr campaign wrote a post titled Menendez: Wrong for New Jersey on Immigration, and said this about Bob Menendez’s stances on immigration:
At every step of this debate Menendez has been way out of the mainstream, and heâ€™ll have a tough time explaining these votes to the people of New Jersey.
In Tom Kean Jr World, every day is opposite day. If it weren’t, his campaign staff would have a tough time explaining why they shouldn’t be fired.
With Junior this far out of the mainstream, we have to ask where he is that he thinks he represents us?