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Tom Malinowski on the night he was elected to Congress in 2018. (Photo: John Flores).

Hunterdon Democrats, which helped launch Malinowski ’18, back congressman’s re-election

As a first-time candidate, Malinowski won Hunterdon convention in February 2018

By David Wildstein, January 13 2022 5:04 pm

Hunterdon County Democrats say they will back Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) for a third term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Congressional redistricting again placed all of Hunterdon in New Jersey’s 7th district.

“Congressman Tom Malinowski will be running again this year in the newly redrawn NJ Congressional District 7, and we are excited to support his campaign,” said Arlene Quinones Perez, the Democratic county chair.  “Congressman Malinowski has served Hunterdon County with dedication and intelligence, delivering on issues that are important to his constituents across the district.”

Hunterdon helped put Malinowski, a former assistant U.S. Secretary of State making his first bid for office in 2018, on a path to victory by giving him his first convention win.

Malinowski won the February 2018 Hunterdon convention with 59% of the vote in a seven-candidate field.    He became the Democratic front-runner after scoring a one-vote victory for the Union County Democratic organization line.  In November, he ousted five-term Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton Township) in President Donald Trump’s mid-term election.

“In his short time in Congress, Tom has earned a reputation as an effective, well-respected leader,” Quinones Perez said.  “We look forward to returning him to Congress.”

Malinowski has no opponent in the Democratic primary.  Five Republicans are competing to run against him in a district that was redrawn by Democrats to favor a GOP challenger: former Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr., Assemblyman Erik Peterson (R-Franklin), Fredon Mayor John Flora., businessman John Henry Isemann, and 2017 gubernatorial candidate Phil Rizzo.

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