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 MenendezSenate confirms Obama's long-stalled ambassador to Mexico Democrats block energy spending bill over Iran amendment Senate close to voting on Mexico ambassador 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 McCainExperts warn weapons gap is shrinking between US, Russia and China McCain delivers his own foreign policy speech Republicans who vow to never back Trump 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 McConnellIran and heavy water: Five things to know Overnight Finance: House rejects financial adviser rule; Obama rebukes Sanders on big banks Senators roll out changes to criminal justice bill MORE (R-Ky.) and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Menendez has a slight lead over Kean in recent polls.