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Former Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe).

Kean leads fundraising pack in NJ-7 GOP House primary

In bid for rematch with Malinowski, Kean has a 15-1 cash advantage over Rizzo

By David Wildstein, May 26 2022 11:58 pm

Tom Kean, Jr.,  the front-runner for the Republican nomination to take on Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) in New Jersey’s 7th district, has a 15-1 cash advantage over his nearest rival in a seven-candidate field.

The former minority leader of the New Jersey State Senate, Kean has organization lines and party endorsements in Union, Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Warren and Sussex counties as he sees a rematch with Malinowski, a two-term Democrat.  Kean came within one percentage point of unseating Malinowski two years ago.

Kean has raised $2,243,078 since announcing his congressional run last summer, including $251,828 between April 1 and May 18, and has $1,206,596 cash-on-hand.  He has spent $1,195,901, including $501,261 in the post-first quarter 48-day reporting period.

Phil Rizzo, the mountebank real estate developer-turned-pastor who unsuccessfully sought the GOP gubernatorial nomination last year, has raised $227,947, including $16,680 between April 1 and May 18.  He has $78,630 in the bank.  Rizzo has spent $149,316, including $5,661 during in the 48 days after April 1.

John Henry Isemann, a 27-year-old businessman and humanitarian making his first run for public office, has raised $116,990, including $8,185 between April 1 and May 18.  He has spent $94,244, including $22,015 in the post-first quarter 48-day reporting period.  But his cash-on-hand is now down to $19,298 in advance of the June 7 primary election.

Assemblyman Erik Peterson (R-Franklin), who represents parts of Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren counties in the New Jersey Legislature, has raised $62,194 for his congressional bid, including $33,287 between April 1 and May 18.  He has spent $34,471, 83% of it during the post-first quarter 48-day reporting period and has $24,722 in the bank.

The other three candidates appear to be non-factors in the race to take on Malinowski.  Fredon Mayor John Flora and U.S. Navy veteran Sterling Irwin Schwab have not filed any reports with the Federal Election Commission.  Newcomer Kevin Dorlan raised $21,477 but his cash-on-hand is $3,317.

Malinowski reported a warchest of $3,642,716.

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