Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) continued to outraise Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean (R-Westfield) in the first two weeks of October, according to pre-general election reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.
The congressman brought in $449,828 between Oct. 1 and Oct. 14, more than twice the $170,657 Kean raised over the same period.
The bulk of both candidates’ funds — $418,185 for Malinowski and $137,123 for Kean — came from individual contributions. The Democrat received $31,643 from political committees, while the Republican got $30,499 from such groups.
The two candidates went into the final weeks of the race with war chests of similar size. Malinowski had $759,423 banked, while Kean had $639,562.
Still, Malinowski outspent his challenger more than two-to-one, expending roughly $1.3 million to Kean’s $506,338 over the two-week period.
The above figures do not include fundraising or spending by the candidates’ political action committees, nor do they include independent expenditures made on their behalf.
The race in the seventh district is one of the most closely watched contests in the state. Malinowski, a first-term congressman who won his seat amid a wave of Democratic victories in 2018, is defending a challenge from Kean, the son of popular former Gov. Tom Kean Sr., and a political force in his own right.