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

Malinowski raises $920k in first three months of year

Two-term Democratic congressman has over $800k banked for 2022 re-election bid

By David Wildstein, April 07 2021 9:47 pm

Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) raised a towering $920,000 during the first three months of 2021 and has over $807,000 cash-on-hand as he prepares to seek re-election to a third term next year in New Jersey’s 7th district.

Malinowski’s fundraising success follows a close re-election victory last November and comes without accepting any corporate PAC donations.

The Central Jersey Democrat raised about $358,000 more than he did during the first quarter of 2019, an increase of almost 64%.  Malinowski had $548,375 after his first three months in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In 2020, Malinowski defeated Republican Thomas Kean, Jr., the minority leader of the New Jersey State Senate, by 5,311 votes, 50.6% to 49.39%.  It was the closest race for any incumbent Democratic House member.

Kean is widely expected to seek a rematch against Malinowski, although he has not yet announced his plans.  He is not seeking re-election to the Senate this year.

It’s also not clear what Malinowski’s district will look like after maps are redrawn for the 2022 mid-term elections.

The current 7th district, which includes parts of Union, Somerset, Essex, Warren and all of Hunterdon, was drawn to elect a Republican congressman.

In 2012, the 7th had 29,997 more Republicans than Democrats.  Now the district has 12,547 more Democrats than Republicans.

Joe Biden carried the 7th by 10 percentage points, 54%-44%, against Donald Trump in 2020.  In 2016, Hillary Clinton won it by one point, 48%-47%, but in 2012, Mitt Romney carried it, 53%-47%.

Malinowski raised $7.4 million last year but spent nearly all of it to defend his seat in a hugely competitive congressional district.

In his 2018 campaign to unseat five-term Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton Township), Malinowski raised more than $6.2 million.  He flipped the seat in the mid-term election by 16,200 votes, 52%-47%.

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