Republican Tom Kean Jr. has a whopping $933,018 cash-on-hand in his bid to unseat two-term Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) in New Jersey’s 7th district after raising an impressive $501,030 in the fourth quarter of 2021.
The former minority leader of the New Jersey State Senate, Kean has raised $1,149,040 for his rematch with Malinowski since entering the race in July. He came within 1% of ousting him in 2020.
Kean has already surpassed his 2019 fundraising numbers by a substantial 23%.
The son of former Gov. Thomas Kean, he raised $3.9 million for his 2020 campaign. He entered the race in April 2019 and raised $757,025 by the end of 2019, with $792,501 in the bank.
The newly-drawn 7th, approved by the Congressional Redistricting Commission last month, is more Republican-friendly than that elected Malinowski twice. Millburn, Dover, Union Township, Cranford and Montgomery have been replaced by large portions of Warren County and nine municipalities in Sussex.
The new map’s 7th district is Biden +4, compared to Biden +10 currently. Republican Jack Ciattarelli won the new 7th by thirteen points over Gov. Phil Murphy
But Malinowski has also posted strong fundraising numbers, with a haul of more than $900,000 during last year’s fourth quarter and a $2.7 million warchest.
“This campaign is about putting the brakes on the failure of the Biden Administration and his enablers in Congress like Tom Malinowski,” Kean said. “Whether it’s addressing rising inflation and the state of our economy, the crisis at the southern border or supporting our children’s’ education, this campaign is about electing a congressman who will help lead our country to prosperity again.”
Kean is the front-runner for the Republican nomination, but faces seven opponents in the primary: Assemblyman Erik Peterson (R-Franklin); businessman John Henry Isemann; Fredon Mayor John Flora; Sterling Irwin Schwab, a U.S. Navy veteran from Flemington who works as an account executive for a freight company; Kevin Dorlon, a licensed public works contractor from Long Valley; Robert Trugman, a Summit salon owner and perennial candidate; and Phil Rizzo, a real estate developer and former pastor who sought the GOP gubernatorial nomination last year.
He has won endorsements from three top Republicans in the House: Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Minority Whip Steve Scalise, and GOP conference leader Elise Stefanik.
Trugman raised just $2,300 during the fourth quarter and $20,645 total, including a $12,500 personal loan.
Isemann, Flora, and Rizzo have not yet filed their year-end 2021 reports with the Federal Election Commission. The other candidates entered the race in January and are not required to file until April.