The House Majority PAC (HMP), one of the two main national committees dedicated to preserving the Democratic majority in the U.S. House, has reserved $1.2 million for Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes), the New Jersey Globe has learned. TV ads, the content of which remains unknown, are set to begin airing on Friday.
The spending represents the first outside Democratic foray into the 7th congressional district, which is regarded as New Jersey’s most competitive House race this cycle.
Malinowski’s opponent, former State Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. (R-Westfield), has already been the beneficiary of TV ads aired by the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), HMP’s counterpart on the Republican side of the aisle. Compared to Democrats, the CLF and the National Republican Campaign Committee collectively have around three times as much money reserved or already spent.
The other main Democratic House PAC, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, has yet to announce any spending in the district.
Malinowski and Kean previously faced each other in 2020, a race that Malinowski won by just over one percentage point. This year, under less favorable district lines and in a potentially Republican-leaning national environment, Malinowski is generally considered the underdog.
But the scheduled outside spending indicates both parties still see the district as highly competitive, and both candidates – especially Malinowski – have also raised huge amounts of money on their own. As of July, Malinowski and Kean had $4.2 million and $1.3 million on-hand, respectively.