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 MenendezDems pressure Obama on vow to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees Lobbying World This week: GOP lawmakers reckon with Trump 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 McCainReid: We're not breaking the budget deal Senate votes to block USDA catfish inspections Lawmakers press State official on cyber actions 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 McConnellBill would require nominees to release tax returns Overnight Healthcare: House loosens pesticide rules to fight Zika | A GOP bill that keeps some of ObamaCare | More proof of pending premium hikes Senate votes to block financial adviser rule MORE (R-Ky.) and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Menendez has a slight lead over Kean in recent polls.