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Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes). Photo courtesy of Malinowski for Congress.

Malinowski launches first TV ad, touting bi-partisan approach to pandemic response

Congressman: ‘Some people just want to divide us, even over wearing a mask.  It’s exhausting’

By David Wildstein, August 17 2020 6:00 am

Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) is up on their air today with his first cable television ad of his bid for re-election, taking aim at those who use face masks aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus as a partisan tool.

The Ad, titled “Mask,” highlights Malinowski’s pitch that he rejected division and fear during the earliest points of the COVID-19 pandemic and instead highlighted a bi-partisan approach.

Script: “Some people just want to divide us, even over wearing a mask.  It’ s exhausting.  Let’s try this.  Stop dividing people.  Start getting things done.  I’m working with both parties to help small businesses save jobs, and after the disastrous federal pandemic response, we need to think ahead.  So, I passed a bill to fix America’s stockpile of critical medical equipment.  Dividing people is their way.  Getting things done is mine.”

The campaign did not say how much money they are putting behind the ad.

“It shouldn’t be political to stand up for public health, or for our first responders or small businesses,” said Daniel Fleiss, Malinowski’s campaign manager. “Tom rejects the divisive politics of those who would rather pit us against each other than find solutions, and is working across the aisle to get things done–so we make it through this crisis and are better prepared for the next one.”

Malinowski is seeking re-election to his second term as the congressman from New Jersey’s 7th district.  He unseated five-term Republican Leonard Lance in 2018.

In one of the most closely watched House races in the country, Malinowski faces Thomas H. Kean, Jr., the minority leader of the New Jersey State Senate and the son of a popular former governor.

Malinowski released a digital ad in June that blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for calling coronavirus relief for New Jersey a “blue state bailout.”

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