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Former Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (Photo: Kean for Congress).

Kean touts readiness to ‘take on progressives’ in first TV ad in NJ-7

Republican is the front runner in race to take on Malinowski

By David Wildstein, April 29 2022 5:34 pm

Using images of Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and Nancy Pelosi, Tom Kean, Jr. launched his first TV ad in his bid for the Republican nomination for Conrgess in New Jersey’s 7th district, saying he’ll “hammer than tax-and-spend radicals” and voicing support for law enforcement and border security.

Kean, the former minority leader of the New Jersey State Senate, is seeking a rematch with Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes).  He came within one percentage point of unseating Malinowski in 2020.    The ad also uses a video of Malinowski in a reference to “scandal plagued politicians” – a veiled reminder of the congressman’s stock trade issues.

The ad will run on cable television stations throughout the district.  The Kean campaign declined to say how much they are spending on the ad.

Script: “ Are you ready to take on the progressives?  Pelosi puppet?  And the scandal plagued politicians screwing up this country?  Then we need Tom Kean.   Tom will always stand with our cops.  Our border patrols.  And he’ll hammer the tax-and- spend radicals costing all of us more.  Because Tom Kean is the pro-cop, pro-border security, inflation fighting conservative leader New Jersey needs.  Tom Kean Jr. for Congress.  I’m Tom Kean Jr. and I approve this message.”

Kean is the first GOP candidate to go up on the air in advance of the June 7 GOP primary.  With organization lines and endorsements in Union, Somerset, Hunterdon, Morris, Warren and Sussex counties and a huge fundraising edge, Kean is the front runner in the race to take on Malinowski in the fall.

He faces six opponents: Assemblyman Erik Peterson (R-Franklin), 27-year-old businessman John Henry Isemann, Fredon Mayor John Flora, former gubernatorial candidate Phil Rizzo, U.S. Navy veteran Sterling Irwin Schwab, and public works contractor Kevin Dorlon.

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