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Republican congressional candidate Tom Kean, Jr. (Photo: Kean for Congress).

Kean raises $866k in Q3 and has $1.16 million cash-on-hand, giving Malinowski an edge

Republican groups have spent $2 million, leveling playing field in NJ-7

By David Wildstein, October 14 2022 9:34 am

In the race for Congress in New Jersey’s 7th district, Democratic incumbent Tom Malinowski outraised Republican Tom Kean, Jr. by over $1 million during the third quarter of 2022,  giving him about $1.6 million more going into October.

Kean, the former minority leader of the New Jersey State Senate, raised a respectable $865,909 through September 30, and has $1,158,534 cash-on-hand.

Malinowski brought in $1.83 million during the same three-month time period and had $2.78 million cash on hand.

“Voters in this district are talking about the soaring inflation, the rising price of gas and the unmitigated rise in crime in our communities,” Kean said.  I’m grateful for everyone who has stepped up to support our campaign to fix these issues and in 25 days we will elect a Congress who is committed to getting the country back on track.”

Kean has raised $3,560,576 since entering the race in the summer of 2021.  Malinowski has raised over $6 million.

But the race has also attracted significant outside spending that has leveled the playing field.

The Republican-led Congressional Leadership Fund has spent $1,740,224 on the race, while the House Majority PAC, which is allied with Democrats, has spent $419,306.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has spent $329,311 on New Jersey’s 7th district, while the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has spent less than $100.

Service Employees International Union Local 1199 has spent $120,939 on the race.

The Firefighters Support Association PAC has spent $28,000 on radio ads boosting Kean, and the National Association of Realtors Political Action Committee $18.100 supporting him.

A Democratic map approved last December made  the 7th district has become more Republican, albeit not unwinnable.  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.

The current 7th district, which includes parts of Union, Somerset, Essex, Warren, Morris and all of Hunterdon, was drawn to elect a Republican congressman.  But in the 2018 wave election during President Donald Trump’s mid-terms, Malinowski ousted five-term Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton Township).

In 2020, Kean came within one percent of unseating Malinowski in the old district.

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