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New Jersey icon Thomas Edison makes a cameo appearance in an American Action Network ad being aired in three New Jersey congressional districts in September 2021. (Image: NJ Globe via You Tube).

Conservative group spending $900k in three N.J. House districts

American Action Network airing ad aimed at Kim, Malinowski and Pallone

By David Wildstein, September 23 2021 3:19 pm

The American Action Network, a conservative issue advocacy group, is spending about $900,000 in New Jersey on ads in three congressional districts warning that local jobs might be lost if a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill is approved by the House.

The tree-week buy includes Philadelphia broadcast TV in Rep. Andy Kim’s district, cable television ads in Rep. Tom Malinowski’s district, and digital ads in the 6th district, which is represented by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr.

The ads are identical, except for the substitution of Kim, Malinowski and Pallone’s names.  It starts with video footage of New Jersey inventor Thomas Edison, shows the manufacturing of a generic Covid vaccine, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The messaging suggests that each of the New Jersey congressmen – Kim, Malinowski and Pallone – could be the deciding vote on the bill.

NJ-3 Script: “We invent, create, and cure.  New Jersey has always been a state of innovation.  Now thousands of New Jersey jobs, making the products that cure the world, are at risk because Andy Kim could cast the deciding vote on a socialist drug plan backed by Nancy Pelosi and packed with a liberal wish list that will destroy New Jersey’s innovation industry.  So call Andy Kim and tell him to oppose Pelosi’s Socialist drug plan.”

Malinowski, who won re-election by a narrow 1% margin in 2020, faces a possible rematch with Republican Thomas Kean, Jr., the minority leader of the New Jersey State Senate.  Kean must first get through a GOP primary against John Henry Isemann and Rick Mehta.

Kim represents a congressional district that Donald Trump carried in 2020, albeit just narrowly.

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