The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has spent $337,674 in New Jersey’s 7th district, while the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) spent $273,683, according to reports filed today with the Federal Election Commission.
The NRCC spending is in opposition to freshman Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski. The DCCC spent their money against the Republican challenger, State Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean.
The amounts of the independent expenditures are through August 31 and does not include a controversial TV ad that began airing in September alleging that Malinowski lobbied against a bill that created a national sex offender registry.
Spending by the NRCC and DCCC is separate from political action committees affiliated with the congressional leadership: the GOP-connected Congressional Leadership Fund, and the House Majority PAC that is tied to Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Kean and Malinowski participated in a debate last week sponsored by the New Jersey Globe. Click HERE to watch.
The two candidates will meet again on October 5 for a debate sponsored by the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Neither campaign committee has reported spending on two other hotly-contested House races: the 2nd district, where party-switching Rep. Jeff Van Drew faces Democrat Amy Kennedy; and in the 3rd, where freshman Rep. Andy Kim faces Republican David Richter.
Kim and Richter will face off in a debate sponsored by the New Jersey Globe on Sunday, October 4 at 9 PM.