Republican Tom Kean, Jr. raised over $400,000 during the 2nd quarter of 2020 and now has $1.3 million cash-on-hand for his bid to unseat freshman Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes).
Kean, the minority leader of the New Jersey State Senate, raised $360,000 for his congressional campaign account and another $70,000 into the Kean Victory Fund.
Since announcing his bid for Congress in April 2019, Kean has raised nearly $2.2 million for what is expected to be one of the most highly-watched House races in the state.
Malinowski ousted a five-term incumbent in 2018 – the first Democrat to win New Jersey’s 7th district since 1954 – and faces a tough re-election bid against Kean, a popular vote-getter in Central Jersey for nearly 20 years and the son of former Gov. Thomas Kean, Sr.
The GOP is trying to win back a seat Malinowski flipped in 2018 after 62 years of being represented by a Republican.
“We are hitting the ground running in the general election and our generous supporters are giving us the tools we need to continue winning this campaign,” said Kean. “We are all sick of the partisan finger pointing that has Washington gridlocked during some of our nation’s most trying times. We must all come together and change Congress by sending leaders that will put their constituents first and work to find solutions. New Jersey has an opportunity to be a leader in this movement.”
Malinowski has not yet announced his final 2nd quarter fundraising numbers, but he raised $559,625 between April 1 and June 17 and had $2,961,504 in his campaign war chest.
As a first-time candidate, Malinowski raised nearly $6.3 million – more than double what Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton Township). Voter registration in New Jersey’s 7th district has now flipped to a Democratic majority.
Those totals do not include independent expenditures made for or against either candidate, or spending made by candidates’ political action committees.
As of last week, the 7th had 4,173 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.