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Republicans, Democrats hope to break with 40 years of election history

By Erin O'Neill, Bill Wichert
Published on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 at 7:30 a.m.

Two state senators vying for national office have nearly 40 years of election history working against them.

Joe Kyrillos and Nia Gill both want a spot on Capitol Hill. Kyrillos, a Republican, is aiming for the U.S. Senate, while Gill, a Democrat, is working toward a seat in the House of Representatives.

But New Jersey hasn’t sent a Republican to the Senate or a Democratic woman to the House in nearly four decades.

Gov. Chris Christie, a Kyrillos supporter, and Gill provided those history lessons in two recent appearances. PolitiFact New Jersey put their statements to the Truth-O-Meter.

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