Republican attack ads have turned what should have been a romp for the incumbent Democratic Senator, Robert Menendez into a close race. The Republican candidate, Tom Kean Jr. is the son of Tom Kean, the popular and well-respected former Governor of New Jersey and 9- 11 Commission Co-chairman. But the heart of Kean's campaign is incendiary ads claiming that Menendez is corrupt. The conservative Free Enterprise Fund Committee, funded by Republican homebuilder Bob Perry of Houston, who backed the "Swift Boat" ads that helped sink John Kerry in 2004, has reinforced Kean's TV messages. Last week, the FEFC launched a Soprano's-style ad in several New Jersey counties to highlight Menendez's "shady record as a politician."
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