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Kyrillos makes NJ US Senate candidacy official; seeks GOP nomination to challenge Menendez
LINCROFT, N.J. (AP) ' A New Jersey Republican lawmaker who Gov. Chris Christie considers a friend and legislative ally has launched his campaign for the GOP's U.S. Senate nomination.
New Jersey Sen. Joseph Kyrillos (KIR'-ill-ohs) held kickoff events Wednesday in Monmouth County ' which he represents ' and also in Burlington County.
The 51-year-old legislator told Republican faithful that he would seek a balanced budget amendment and vote to repeal "Obama-care" if elected to the Senate.
Kyrillos would face an uphill battle against Democrat Robert Menendez, the better-known and well-financed incumbent, in a year with President Obama at the top of the ticket.
Kyrillos also must survive a GOP primary, as conservative Ian Linker also plans to seek the Republican nomination.
Recent polling data shows a 12 percentage point gap between Menendez and his closest challenger.