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SEN. ROBERT MENENDEZ (D)

Appointed in January 2006; seeking first full term; Menendez was nominated with 84 percent of the vote in a two-way primary.

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  • Born: Jan. 1, 1954; New York City.
  • Family: Married (Jane Jacobsen-Menendez); two children.
  • Education: Rutgers Law School, J.D., 1979; St. Peter's College, B.A., 1976.
  • Professional career: Practicing attorney, 1980-92.
  • Military career: None.
  • Election history: U.S. House, 1992-2006; state Senate, 1991-92; state Assembly, 1987-91; Union City mayor, 1986-92.

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TOM KEAN (R)

Kean, a state senator, was nominated with 76 percent of the vote in a two-way primary.
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  • Born: Sept. 5, 1968; Livingston, N.J.
  • Family: Married (Rhonda); two children.
  • Education: Tufts University, M.A. 1997; Dartmouth College, B.A., 1990.
  • Professional career: Consultant, British Petroleum, 1996; legislative aide, Rep. Bob Franks, 1993-95; special assistant, Environmental Protection Agency, 1991-93.
  • Military career: None
  • Election history: State Senate, 2003-present; minority whip, 2004-present; state House, 2001-03; deputy whip, 2003.

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