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Rep. Tom Malinowski. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Malinowski concedes Kean’s win

By David Wildstein, November 09 2022 11:49 am

Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) conceded defeat today to Republican Tom Kean, Jr. in the race for the U.S. House of Representatives in New Jersey’s 7th district.

“I am deeply grateful to the people of the 7th district for the honor of representing you, and I congratulate Congressman-elect Kean,” the two-term congressman said.  “This was a campaign of people and principles.  It was, as in my other campaigns, built from the grass roots up and spoke directly to the concerns and hopes of hardworking people all across our region.”

Kean leads Malinowski by 13,678 votes, 52.3%-47.7%, after scoring big pluralities in Hunterdon, Morris, Sussex and Warren.  The New Jersey Globe was first to call the race for Kean.

Malinowski placed some blame for his loss on congressional redistricting, where a Democratic map made his district more Republican in order to shore up districts other vulnerable Democratic incumbents.

“While we did as well or better than in 2020 in the communities I have represented these last four years, and I expect the results to tighten further as all votes are counted, the new district proved too much of a hurdle to overcome,” Malinowski said.

Following the concession, Kean issued a statement thanking Malinowski  “for his years of public service and for his vigorous campaign.”

“Throughout this district and throughout this nation, we have been given an opportunity to change the course of history,”said Kean.  “I am incredibly grateful to the voters of the 7th district for their confidence. My solemn pledge to you will always be to serve with integrity, to listen, to learn, to earn this responsibility you’ve honored me with to steer this nation towards greater opportunity, security, and prosperity. Thank you to all of our supporters for their time, faith, passion and trust. Our work has only just begun.”

With his time in Congress coming to a close, Malinowski said he found some comfort by Republicans to turn the midterm elections into a significant wave.

I’m gratified that across the country, Americans chose moderation over MAGA, while passing referenda protecting a woman’s right to choose.  Our democracy and our freedoms are in stronger shape today than many predicted,” he said.  “And our achievements of the last few years, from infrastructure to health care, to fighting climate change, are more secure.”

Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minnesota), the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), weighed in on Kean’s victory.

“Tom’s message of fiscal responsibility, personal empowerment, and transparency in government has united New Jersey families and businesses against Democrats’ one-party rule that’s failed them dramatically,” Emmer said.  “I am thrilled to welcome Tom to Congress.”

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