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Menendez vs. Kean- War of Words or Dollars?

Even though NJ voters still have 148 days (but who’s counting…) until they go to the polls to help take back Congress, the war of words has begun between U.S. Senator Bob Menendez , the incumbent, and Senate hopeful Tom Kean JUNIOR.

Although both candidates can be portrayed by their opposition to represent the extremist views of their respective political parties, Menendez and Kean share a similar stance on many of the issues that will dominate the voters’ minds as they cast their ballots. Both candidates agree that Iraq is on track to be a horrendous quagmire beyond that of the Vietnam War Conflict, believe the study and implantation of embryonic stem-cell research is a feasible way to help find treatments for debilitating diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. In addition, both candidates feel that something must be done to ease the burden we feel at the gas pump.

However that is where the similarities end. Menendez, being a former congressman, has a long record of political experience within the Beltway. He knows how Capital Hill works and what it takes to get a bill passed, in addition to having a strong repertoire with leaders on both sides of the aisle.

Turn the 7th Blue

Somewhere upwards of 90% of elections are won by the candidate who is able to spend the most money.  This is especially true in New Jersey, where media buys are incredibly expensive.  To have a realistic shot at winning, you need cash.  Lots of cash.

This is the primary reason for the existence of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).  They exist to help promising candidates get the funds they need to be competitive.  Candidates like Linda Stender in the 7th District.

Update: 4th Quarter Senate Fundraising

I had originally listed the fundraising number for the entire year.

It’s not even close:

              4Q Raised      Cash-on-Hand
Bob Menendez  $362,000        $4,223,758
Tom Kean Jr    ????             $860,571

Kean raised $1,066,545 for all of 2005. Menenedez raised $3,774,309 in 2005 and has plans to raise much more:

Menendez spokesman Matt Miller said the campaign has “an aggressive plan” to raise $20 million, or roughly $2 million a month between now and the election.