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April 21, 2004 | By Roger J. Stone, Jr
When the Bush White House chose former New Jersey Gov. Thomas H. Kean to head the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, they probably expected a like-minded, patrician Republican who would protect the Republican administration in a critical reelection year. But the White House did not know their man. When Kean ran for governor in 1981, he was bluntly warned by Ray Donovan, Ronald Reagan's Labor Secretary, that if his criticism of Interior Secretary James Watt's environmental policies continued, Reagan wouldn't campaign for Kean in New Jersey and the Republican National Committee would withhold financial support.
NEWS
May 31, 1994
Unlike many of the backbenchers in the New Jersey legislature, State Sen. Bill Gormley gets things done. He's been out front on vital issues involving economic development, environmental protection, a farmers' reinvestment program, tax reform and anti-crime measures. Plus, he's probably done more to help South Jersey than any other Republican lawmaker in Trenton in recent years. That's why he's the best choice in next week's GOP primary for the congressional seat representing the counties of Atlantic, Salem, Cape May, Cumberland and part of Gloucester.
NEWS
October 10, 1995
It is disheartening to see New Jersey's attorney general joining in a campaign to undermine the State Commission of Investigation (SCI), a proven, independent, anti-corruption agency that has reformed public agencies, saved taxpayers millions and helped send mobsters and crooked public officials to jail. There is no reason for Deborah Poritz to demand that, after 28 successful years, the SCI must start checking with her, or with a judge, before it launches a probe or names names or issues a report.
NEWS
September 5, 1992 | By RICHARD REEVES
I began in this business on a weekly paper 60 miles from here, the Phillipsburg Free Press. A guy in town named "Red" Mascari was a running story: Every year he tried to get the legislature to proclaim a ditty he wrote as the official state song. This was how it began: I'm from New Jersey and I'm here to shout it, I'm from New Jersey and I'm proud about it! Well, I am from New Jersey, and I'm mighty proud about it these days. The incumbent governor, Jim Florio, and his predecessor, Thomas H. Kean, are giving the state and the rest of the country a little demonstration of what democratic politics - with a small "d" - should and could be. The issue is the legalization of semi-automatic assault weapons.
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June 24, 1994 | By Thomas Turcol, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Concerned about the Republican Party's lurch to the right, former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean will launch a campaign tonight to steer the GOP away from the "reactionary" and "mean" forces that he says threaten the party's claim to the political mainstream. Kean, a popular two-term governor who rejected appeals by national GOP leaders to run for the U.S. Senate this year, will issue his first public warning about the party's direction at this weekend's Republican state convention in Iowa.
NEWS
November 23, 2005 | By Cynthia Burton INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A pair of polls yesterday put acting Gov. Richard J. Codey at the top of the heap for a job he says he's not particularly interested in. Codey shrugged off the polls by Fairleigh Dickinson University and Quinnipiac University that showed his potential competition in a U.S. Senate race eating his dust. A spokeswoman joked "he is demanding a recount. " But the other potential Democratic candidates hoping to take Gov.-elect Jon S. Corzine's U.S. Senate seat weren't joking. Instead, they were dismissing the polls as not being very significant so early in the race.
NEWS
January 1, 2006
This is the second annual Citizen of the Year award by The Inquirer Editorial Board. Last year's inaugural award went to Tom Kean, the former New Jersey governor, who was honored for his dogged work as cochairman of the independent 9/11 commission. The award honors people whose work has upheld in a major way the ideals of citizenship: promoting justice, strengthening democracy or fostering community. Honorees can come from any of the three states in the paper's market - Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Delaware.
NEWS
August 8, 1988 | By S.A. Paolantonio, Inquirer Staff Writer
While dozens of governors embraced the nuances of constitutional law and federalism at the opening session of the National Governor's Conference yesterday, Bill Clinton whispered in Tom Kean's ear. Clinton, the governor of Arkansas who gave the nominating speech at the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta, and Kean, the New Jersey governor who will be the keynoter at the GOP convention in New Orleans next week, were not conferring about federalist...
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October 7, 2006 | By Leonard N. Fleming INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Thomas H. Kean Jr., New Jersey's Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, yesterday became the first major Republican candidate in the nation to call on U.S. Rep. J. Dennis Hastert to resign as House speaker over a congressional sex scandal. Kean, who bucked his party last month in demanding Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's resignation over the Iraq war, said Hastert, a Republican, should step aside following reports that his office overlooked warnings about then-U.S. Rep. Mark Foley of Florida.
NEWS
January 11, 1990
Gov. Kean, in giving his valedictory speech to a joint session of the legislature, reminded New Jerseyans why they enjoyed having him around the last eight years: "Every day," he said, "was filled with some incident that reinvigorated my faith in human nature . . . in the fundamental decency, humor and understanding of the people . . . . " Mr. Kean is a genuinely decent, warm and uncynical man, which, of course, made him an exceptional politician and,...
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March 19, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Even as Gov. Christie cruised to a landslide 22-point reelection in November 2013, some in his party complained that he had failed to help the GOP make gains in the Democratic-controlled Legislature. Christie, a Republican preparing to run for president in 2016, then tried to oust Senate Minority Leader Thomas H. Kean Jr. (R., Union), who led the Senate GOP's election efforts, from his leadership post and round up votes for a closer ally, Sen. Kevin O'Toole (R., Passaic)
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November 12, 2012 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Staff Writer
From a man who had consistently and pointedly contrasted himself with the inhabitant in the White House, the words were startling to hear. "The president has been outstanding," Gov. Christie said, and he "deserves great credit," because his administration has been "excellent. " Christie praised President Obama without prompting. Asked about it, he doubled down on the praise. He even did it on Fox News. All this, days before an election in which Obama was running against the guy Christie had spent 13 months campaigning for. Is this what the savior of the GOP sounds like?
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November 10, 2010 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Allen Ginsberg , Martha Stewart , Tom Kean . What could these three otherwise fine personages possibly have in common? Jersey, baby. Jersey. No, not fake, MTV-made Jersey Shore Jersey. But the real, delish-tomato-producing Jersey. The late Beat poet (a Newark native!), the Jersey City-born domestic diva, and the former Jersey governor are among 30 boldfacers who on Tuesday were nominated for the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Nominations for the Class of 2011 also went to John Travolta , Tony Bennett , Giants owner Wellington Mara , skating champ Dick Button , and another former gov, Brendan Byrne . Now in its fourth year, the Hall inducts people in various categories, including history, entertainment, enterprise, and sports.
NEWS
October 20, 2010 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
OAKLAND, N.J. - Lifelong New Jerseyan, W. Cary Edwards, who served more than 30 years in state government, including as attorney general, died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. The 66-year-old died in his Bergen County home surrounded by his family, with whom he arranged to spend Thanksgiving at Walt Disney World in Florida for 18 years. Edwards served as a commissioner and chairman of New Jersey's State Commission of Investigation from 1997 until his death. The independent watchdog looks for waste, abuse and corruption at all levels of state government.
NEWS
July 14, 2010 | By Carl Golden
When New Jersey Public Television launched its first broadcast, in April 1971, it carried the hopes of a determined band of activists, including future Gov. Tom Kean. They were convinced that, with its own television station, New Jersey would get the kind of news coverage it was routinely denied by network affiliates in New York and Philadelphia. In the 39 years since, the network has endured efforts to sell it, convert it into a commercial outlet, relinquish its broadcast license altogether, or turn it over to a foundation or other nonprofit entity.
NEWS
July 7, 2010 | By Chelsea Conaboy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Admissions strategist Steve Goodman helped two New Jersey students with their college applications this year. Both were accepted at Rutgers, the state's largest university. Neither will attend. Instead, Goodman said, they chose prestigious out-of-state research institutions: the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan. The decisions by his clients fit a long-term trend, say Goodman and New Jersey higher-education authorities. New Jersey exports more college students than any other state, and its colleges and universities attract relatively few students from elsewhere.
NEWS
June 19, 2010
Most organizations would shy away from a campaign insisting they "don't stink" for fear of suggesting the opposite. New Jersey is well beyond that. Enter "Jersey Doesn't Stink," a public-relations campaign that confronts the state's image problem head-on - fittingly, given that its founding sponsor is a car insurance company. Will it work? Of course not. But its wry, direct approach does showcase Garden State traits that do not in fact stink. The campaign includes highway billboards; a growing following on Facebook and other social networks; and a plethora of physical and digital paraphernalia (iPhone wallpaper; fliers: "We smell better than you think")
NEWS
June 10, 2010 | By DANIEL A. CIRUCCI
FRED Barnes of the Weekly Standard calls him "the governor New Jersey's been waiting for. " The Wall Street Journal says he's a man "on a mission to make New Jersey competitive once again. " And George Will says he's "earned the name of the local minor league team, the Trenton Thunder. " But when I first met Chris Christie, he was simply campaigning town to town in an effort to win his party's nomination for governor against a strong conservative challenger. Before Christie emerged from his SUV to greet a group of local South Jersey residents, I didn't know what to expect.
NEWS
April 27, 2010 | By Claudia Vargas INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When two juveniles set fire to their Gloucester County Jail cell mattresses and armed themselves with broken glass daggers in 1964, jail guards pulled the mattresses out and then-Sheriff Eugene J. McCaffrey went inside unarmed. Mr. McCaffrey sat on a 17-year-old's bunk and began to talk. Forty-five minutes later, the two teens surrendered. "I explained the court procedure to them and reminded them they had their whole lives ahead of them," Mr. McCaffrey said. Mr. McCaffrey used that kind of ease and kindness to win over opponents throughout a lengthy political career.
NEWS
January 21, 2010
Professions of warm bipartisanship filled last week's swearing-in of New Jersey's 214th Legislature. But you didn't have to be a cynic to have doubts. You just had to wait a few hours. The august body hadn't even completed its first day of business before the bonhomie broke down. Harsh words were exchanged, motives were questioned, and business was postponed - all over a technicality. The Legislature's first minutes were auspicious enough. The new state Senate president, Democrat Stephen Sweeney of Gloucester County, vowed to work with the leader of the Republican minority, his "good friend" Tom Kean Jr., and the incoming Republican governor, Christopher J. Christie.
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