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 MenendezTim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense GMO labeling bill advances in the Senate over Dem objections Overnight Finance: Trump threatens NAFTA withdrawal | Senate poised for crucial Puerto Rico vote | Ryan calls for UK trade deal | Senate Dems block Zika funding deal 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 granddaughter comes out in support of Clinton With reservations, moving toward Hillary Clinton FULL SPEECH: Hillary Clinton closes out Democratic convention 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 McConnellPeter Thiel does not make the GOP pro-gay Reid: Trump is a 'hateful con man' McAuliffe: Clinton won't move TPP without changes MORE (R-Ky.) and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Menendez has a slight lead over Kean in recent polls.