The race for Congress in New Jersey’s 7th district narrowed again on Friday afternoon and now just 4,604 votes separate Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) from his Republican challenger, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield).
Kean picked up 551 votes in Morris County and now trails Malinowski, 206,820 to 202,216, 50.6% to 49.4%.
Morris County added 4,493 votes to the 7th district tally, with Kean winning 56% of the newly-counted votes.
Malinowski started the day with a 5,496-vote lead over Kean. The freshman congressman was in front of Kean by 28,412 votes on election night.
Around 32,360 more ballots remain uncounted as election officials continue tabulations that began ten days before the election.
Malinowski, a former Assistant U.S. Secretary of State in the Obama administration, unseated five-term Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton Township) in 2018 by 16,200 votes, 51.7% to 46.7%.
He was the first Democrat to win the 7th since 1956.
Kean, the son of former Gov. Thomas H. Kean, has served in the New Jersey Legislature since 2001.