Former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean announced he will not attend the Republican National Convention, according to NorthJersey.com
Kean said he has too many differences on immigration and economic policy with Donald Trump, the likely Republican presidential nominee.
"I'd like to support the nominee of my party but I really don't know," Kean said. "If it comes to the point where you disagree on too many issues, you can't vote for him."
Kean said Trump should "listen to people and stop tweeting at 11 o'clock at night," according to the NorthJersey.com report.
The former governor said he liked Hillary Clinton personally, but she seems "so contrived." Rather, America needs a figure to unify around, "a Roosevelt or a Reagan," he said.
"You need someone who can communicate unity and optimism and show a path for people," he said in the NorthJersey.com report.
Staying absent from the convention marks a turning point in the unity of the party, according to state Sen. Loretta Weinberg. She said Kean not turning out to support Trump is a "big, important statement."
The former governor is known as a moderate voice, and he has expressed disappointment in the conservative views of current New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
"I don't want to go and say something that would embarrass our governor. So I'll just stay home," Kean said.
In a June story on NorthJersey.com
, Kean advised Trump not to pick Christie as his vice president.
"If I were to advise him politically, it's not the way to win an election," Kean said.
Kean was the chairman of the 9/11 Commission and polls call him New Jersey's most popular governor. He said this is the first convention he will miss since 1964.
"Tom is one of the last gentlemen in politics," Alvin Felzenberg, Kean's biography writer, said.
He added that Kean's decision not to attend the convention is a "passing of the baton from one generation to another."
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