Republican Tom Kean, Jr. raised $630,000 for his rematch against Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) in New Jersey’s 7th district next year.
This is Kean’s first fundraising quarter as a candidate for Congress. He entered the race in July.
In 2020, Kean came within one percent of ousting Malinowski, who won a second term by the tightest margin of any Democratic incumbent in the U.S.
“I am very proud of our fundraising efforts this cycle,” said Kean. “The people of New Jersey’s Seventh Congressional District are eager for change. They are eager to support a Congressman who will actually do his job. We are energized and ready to bring home a victory next year. This is just the beginning.”
Kean, the minority leader of the New Jersey State Senate, is giving up his seat in the legislature this year in order to focus on his race against Malinowski.
This week, the National Republican Congressional Committee put Kean on their Young Guns “On the Radar” list, which opens the door to other national fundraising opportunities.
Kean has been endorsed by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise.
Former U.S. Senate candidate Rik Mehta and political newcomer John Henry Isemann are also seeking the GOP nomination to run against Malinowski.
Assemblyman Erik Peterson (R-Franklin) told the New Jersey Globe last month that he will consider a run for Conrgess after the November 2 general election.