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New Malinowski ad targets Republican tax plan

Focus eschews SALT cap

By Nikita Biryukov, September 04 2018 10:12 am

Former Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski launched his third ad of the cycle on Tuesday, this time taking aim at the tax cuts congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump passed late last year.

“When I was growing up, there was a contract. Yea, the rich got richer, but so did the middle class. I’m worried. This tax bill, there’s only one way to pay for them, and that’s to cut social security and Medicare, and I am determined not to allow that to happen,” Malinowski said in the ad, which will run in 15 and 30-second spots.

Like almost every other member of New Jersey’s congressional delegation, Malinowski’s opponent, Rep. Leonard Lance, voted against that tax bill, which hit New Jersey and many other blue states hard by imposing a $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions.

The third district’s Rep. Tom MacArthur was the only New Jersey congressman to vote in favor of the tax bill, and Democratic candidates are campaigning against the measure in a number of New Jersey’s congressional districts.

Given that the seventh district is one of the more affluent ones in the state, a campaign against the tax cuts and the cap they imposed is likely to find some friendly ears, as residents are more likely on average to have their deductions limited.

Though, Malinowski passing up that point and focusing on programs that primarily benefit the elderly might suggest that he’s not going targeting voters who are still paying income tax with this ad.

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