N.J. primary sets up hot House race for fall as incumbents fend off challengers

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The Republicans’ preferred candidate in New Jersey’s hottest congressional race won the party’s nomination Tuesday as two veteran lawmakers fended off stronger-than-expected challenges. Former state Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. won the Republican primary in the 7th Congressional District, setting up an anticipated general-election rematch this fall against Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski, who won his primary contest, according to the Associated Press. Kean defeated six opponents, including Assemblyman Erik Peterson, R-Hunterdon, who refused to follow the Statehouse’s COVID-19 vaccine m…

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