Tom Kean’s congressional campaign thinks that Joe Biden’s 8% of the vote at the Hunterdon County Democratic convention shows some political weakness from favorite-son Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes), a top Biden supporter.
Malinowski endorsed Biden the day after Cory Booker withdrew from the presidential race last month.
“The fact that Tom Malinowski’s handpicked candidate for President, Joe Biden, finished in a distant 5th place on the first ballot in today’s Hunterdon County Convention is further example of just how out of step he is with his new ‘home’ county party,” said Theresa Winegar, Kean’s campaign manager.
Biden received 19 votes (12%) on the first ballot, tying with Sanders. He dropped to 12 votes on the second ballot, five behind Sanders and 28 votes behind Mike Bloomberg.
Elizabeth Warren beat Bloomberg by four votes on the third ballot, after the rest of the field was eliminated.
Malinowski will now run on the Hunterdon line with Warren in the June 2 Democratic primary, despite his support of Biden.
Hunterdon Democrats endorsed Malinowski for re-election to a second term today, along with Booker’s bid for another term in the U.S. Senate.
Kean, the minority leader of the New Jersey Senate, is expected to face Malinowski in the general election for New Jersey’s 7th district congressional seat.
“The path to victory for Senator Kean in NJ-7 is widening. Republicans are united behind our campaign to send our values to Washington and reject Malinowski’s DC values here at home,” Winegar said.
Malinowski ousted five-term Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton Township) by 16,200 votes in 2018.