By Andrew Barr - 03/22/06 12:00 AM EST
Republican New Jersey Senate candidate Tom Kean Jr. was late to his own fundraiser, where Vice President Cheney spoke Monday, according to the Bergen Record.
Kean finally appeared a few minutes after Cheney had left the stage, claiming he was held up by state legislative business and heavy traffic.
Kean, whose father was a two-term governor of New Jersey and served as co-chairman of the Sept. 11 commission, is running against Sen. Robert MenendezRobert MenendezOvernight Cybersecurity: Senate narrowly rejects expanding FBI surveillance powers Senate narrowly rejects new FBI surveillance Kaine, Murphy push extension of Iran sanctions MORE (D-N.J.), a seven-term member of the House who was appointed to fill the seat that Gov. Jon Corzine (D-N.J.) resigned from in the upper chamber.
Sen. John McCainJohn McCainMcCain: 'It's up to every delegate to make up their own minds' The Hill's 12:30 Report Pollster: Clinton leads in 5 battlegrounds MORE (R-Ariz.) spoke at a fundraiser for Kean three weeks ago. Others who were scheduled to help raise money this week for Kean include Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellGOP Senate super-PAC reserves nearly million in airtime Reid backs House Puerto Rico bill To reduce gun violence, time to really put up or shut up MORE (R-Ky.) and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Menendez has a slight lead over Kean in recent polls.