Republican Tom Kean, Jr. raised a gottheimeresque $840,000 during the first three months of 2022 in his bid for a rematch with Democrat Tom Malinowski in New Jersey’s 7th district.
Kean is now armed with a whopping $1.5 million cash-on-hand and has raised $2 million since announcing his House bid in July. That puts him in front of the $1.75 million he’d raised at the same point two years ago with a number that included one extra fundraising quarter.
“We have had outstanding success raising the funds necessary to win this race because our supporters know what is at stake,” said Kean.
Under a map proposed by Democrats, the 7th becomes tougher for Democrats to hold. It lost strong Democratic-performing municipalities like Millburn, Dover, Union Township and Montgomery and picks up all of Warren County and nine towns in Sussex.
Malinowski raised over $1 million during the first quarter and has $3.5 million in his warchest.
Kean has emerged as the front-runner for the Republican nomination. He won conventions in Union, Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset and Warren, and has the organization slogan in Sussex.
None of the other five Republican candidates in the race have released the first quarter fundraising numbers.
“The Joe Biden-Tom Malinowski course continues to feed surging inflation, weaken America’s borders and double down on a failed foreign policy across the globe,” Kean stated. “With a new Congress, I will be a leader in bringing our shared New Jersey values down to Washington, DC and steering this failed record towards a better direction.”
Malinowski flipped the 7th district seat in 2018, putting it in Democratic hands for the first time since Florence Dwyer (R-Elizabeth) ousted Rep. Harrison Williams, Jr, (D-Plainfield) in 19567.
In 2020, Kean came nearly Malinowski in a race that saw the incumbent’s lead narrow from 28,412 on election night to 5,311, 50.6%-49.4% – a race that was not decided for two weeks.