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 MenendezTaiwan and ICAO: this is the time Rubio warns of terror attack from Cuba flights Politicians shouldn’t be above the law, Trump and Clinton included 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 McCainGreen Beret awarded for heroism during 'pandemonium' of Boston bombing House passes ObamaCare mandate exemption bill NBC's Lester Holt emerges from debate bruised and partisan 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 McConnellReid blocks Thune tech bill over FCC nomination fight McConnell: Senate could drop flood money from spending bill Pelosi dismisses GOP 'promise' of Flint funding, wants action now MORE (R-Ky.) and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Menendez has a slight lead over Kean in recent polls.