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Former Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. and farmer and restaurant owner Justin Carlisi in a 2022 Kean for Congress TV ad. (Image: NJ Globe/Kean for Congress).

New Kean ad links Malinowski to Pelosi, with farmer calling congressman a ‘rotten tomato’

Hunterdon farmer and restaurant owner touts Kean as supporting lower taxes and spending

By David Wildstein, September 19 2022 8:54 am

A new TV ad in New Jersey’s 7th district congressional races from Republican Tom Kean, Jr. depicts Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) as a “rotten tomato” in a message that paints the two-term congressman as a sycophant of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and his votes or increased spending and tax increases.

“Rotten” features Justin Carlisi, a Hunterdon County farmer and businessman – he owns Stanton Italian Table in Flemington – speaking direct to camera alleging that Malinowski votes however Pelosi tells him to and telling voters that sometimes you have to “toss a rotten” tomato.  The ad then contrasts him with Kean, where Carlisi says that Kean has “fought for lower taxes and less spending.”  The ad also features Kean and Carlisi walking together on the farm.   The ad will run on cable and digital platforms.

Script: “Growing tomatoes, sometimes you have to toss a rotten one.  It’s just like politicians.  Take Tom Malinowski; votes for billions, higher taxes – whatever Pelosi says.  Now we’re all paying more.  It’s rotten.  And then there’s Tom Kean, Jr. who’s always fought for lower taxes and less spending to make New Jersey a better place.  “So if we want change it’s pretty simple, we need to toss out the rotten ones and send Tom Kean, Jr. to Congress.”

“While Tom Malinowski cheered good times at a White House party, families, business owners and seniors are doing worse.” said Kean, “I have a proven record of fighting for affordability and leading on the type of policies that grow our economy, allow families to keep more of their money and unleash entrepreneurial innovation.”

But Malinowski said Carlisi’s business — and a company owned by Kean — benefitted by receiving Paycheck Protection Program loans that came from a law Malinowski supported in Congress.

“I’m very happy that businesses like Justin’s were able to take advantage of the pandemic relief programs I helped pass to stay open and save their employees’ jobs,” Malinowski said.  “Stanton Italian Table, as well as Tom Kean Jr.’s business, Greener By Design, were two of over 5,000 small businesses and non-profits in the 7th district that were supported through Congress’ Paycheck Protection Program. Our government is finally working for New Jersey and I’m glad to see my constituents like Tom and Justin benefiting.”

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