Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) has more than $2 million in his campaign warchest after raising an impressive $615,000 in the 4th quarter of 2019. without any contributions from corporate political action committees.
The freshman congressman from New Jersey’s 7th district has nearly $2.4 million since taking office one year ago. Malinowski’s campaign said he’s attracted almost 15,000 unique contributions.
“From healthcare to infrastructure, the stakes couldn’t be higher in this election — that’s why thousands of ordinary people are chipping in to help our campaign,” said Malinowski. “They know they’re who I’m fighting for every day, not for corporate PACs or special interests.”
Malinowski, a former assistant U.S. Secretary of State, beat five-term incumbent Leonard Lance (R-Clinton Township) by 16,200 votes, 52%-47%, becoming the first Democrat to win the 7th district seat since 1956.
As a first-time candidate, Malinowski raised nearly $6.3 million – more than double what Lance raised. Those totals do not include independent expenditures made for or against either candidate, or spending made by candidates’ political action committees.
Republicans have set their sights on Malinowski, but have not yet settled on a candidate. The front runner is Tom Kean, the minority leader of the New Jersey State Senate, who faces a primary challenge against former U.S. Senate staffer Rosemary Becchi.
The 7th district has 1,806 more Republicans than Democrats. When the district was drawn following the 2010 census, there were 29,997 more Republicans.
Hillary Clinton carried the district by 4,139 votes, 48%-47%, against Donald Trump in 2016. Four years earlier, Mitt Romney won the 7th by 21,033 votes, 53%-47%, against Barack Obama