In a new digital ad released this morning, Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) touts federal dollars that have come to New Jersey and criticizes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for calling coronavirus relief money a “blue state bailout” and blocking more money for the state.
Malinowski is making a sizable buy on a series of ads that will run through the July 7 primary election, his campaign told the New Jersey Globe.
Script: “So when I hear Mitch McConnell whine about blue state bailouts when we are also the state that is hardest hit, my answer is I’m going to fight like hell to get every penny that New Jersey deserves. We got money for hospitals. We got money for New Jersey Transit. Our small businesses got three times as much money in the second wave of funding as they did in the first wave of funding. These are things that enable New Jersey to contribute to the wealth and genius of America.”
“McConnell has made coronavirus relief partisan in D.C., but fighting for our fair share has never been partisan here in New Jersey,” said Daniel Fleiss, Malinowski’s campaign manager “Tom is working across the aisle to ensure we get every penny we deserve, and emerge from this crisis more secure.”
Malinowski, a former Assistant U.S. Secretary of State in the Obama administration, became the first Democrat to win the 7th district congressional seat since 1956 when he unseated five-term Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton Township) in 2018.
He is expected to face Thomas Kean, Jr., the minority leader of the New Jersey State Senate, in the general election.
James Kern III, a Republican freeholder from Warren County, pushed back on Malinowski’s claim of bringing money back to New Jersey’s 7th district.
“Fought like hell to get zero direct dollars for Warren County and our municipalities,” Kern said. “The only thing cheaper is this campaign rhetoric.”
This story was updated at 11:52 AM to include comment from Kern.