Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) raised $938,636 in the first three months of the year and has $2,671,618 cash-on-hand as he seeks re-election to a second term in New Jersey’s 7th district.
Malinowski has raised $3,327,860 since taking office fifteen months ago, and more impressive considering his refusal to accept corporate PAC money and the likely impact that the coronavirus pandemic had on political fundraising during most of March.
The freshman congressman’s warchest is more than double what his likely Republican opponent, Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield) has in the bank.
Kean reported $1,138,477 in his campaign account after raising $508,918 during the first quarter and $1,749,905 since entering the race against Malinowski last April.
“It’s never been more important to have someone in Washington who’s standing up for our communities and for New Jersey’s middle class, that’s why even in these difficult times, thousands of people across the 7th District are digging deep and supporting our campaign,” said Malinowski. “I won’t rest until our first responders, healthcare workers, small businesses and middle class families have the resources and support they need to make it through this crisis.”
Malinowski, who served as an assistant U.S. Secretary of State in the Obama administration, ousted five-term incumbent Leonard Lance (R-Clinton Township) by 16,200 votes, 52%-47%, becoming the first Democrat to win the 7th district seat since 1956.
As a first-time candidate, Malinowski raised nearly $6.3 million – more than double what Lance raised. Those totals do not include independent expenditures made for or against either candidate, or spending made by candidates’ political action committees.
At the same point in his 2018 campaign, Malinowski had reported raising $1,097,683 and had $739,944 cash-on-hand.
After the first quarter of his 2018 re-election campaign, Lance had raised $1,108,529 and had $849,998 banked.
Voter registration in New Jersey’s 7th district has now flipped to a Democratic majority. As of last month, the 7th had 382 more Democrats than Republicans. When it was drawn in 2012, the 7th had 29,997 more Republicans than Democrats. On General Election Day 2018, the GOP registration edge had shrunk to 6,709.
Kean faces nominal challenges in the July 7 Republican primary from physician Raafat Barsoom and human resources executive Tom Phillips.