A super PAC tied to the House Republican leadership is increasing its budget in New Jersey’s 7th district and is now committed to spending nearly $3 million to defeat Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes), the New Jersey Globe has learned.
The Congressional Leadership Fund has reserved an additional $875,000 for cable television ads that could boost the chances of Republican Thomas Kean, Jr., the New Jersey Senate minority leader, to win back a House seat Republicans had held continuously since 1956.
The group had previously reserved $2 million.
“CLF is doubling down and pressing even deeper into our top offensive opportunities, reinforcing our swing seat incumbents and providing a small insurance policy in a few seats to ensure a win this November,” said Dan Conston, the PAC president. “CLF is committed to victory for Republicans this fall and the investments we’ve made have put Republicans in a position of strength as we head into the final stretch.”
POLITICO reported this morning that the super PAC was spending $18 million in about 25 congressional districts across the U.S.
The 7th is the only New Jersey district where CLF is increasing their spending at this time.
The National Republican Congressional Committee has reserved $1.7 million for TV ads and so far has spent $250,000.
Malinowski, a former assistant U.S. Secretary of State, ousted five-term Republican Rep. Leonard Lance in 2018.
This story was updated at 12:23 PM with comment from Conston.