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

Republican ad attacks Malinowski over court expansion bill

Measure won’t make it to floor, Pelosi says

By Nikita Biryukov, April 20 2021 10:32 am

Republicans are mounting an offensive against Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) on court packing.

The American Action Network, an issues advocacy non-profit with ties to the Congressional Leadership Fund, House Republicans’ super PAC, launched an ad urging warning voters “liberals are trying to steal the Supreme Court” next to pictures of Malinowski and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Cali.)

Those who click on the ad are let to a webpage collecting voters’ names, phone numbers and email addresses. A spokesman for AAN said the group was pushing the ad campaign with a five-figure buy.

The ad is a reference to a bill recently introduced by the Democratic Party’s progressive wing that would add four new seats to the country’s high court.

But the bill appears dead on arrival. Pelosi last week said she had “no intention to bring it to the floor.”

Malinowski, a two-term congressman, won re-election by the narrowest margin in the state, defeating State Senate Majority Leader Tom Kean (R-Westfield) by a little more than a single point in a race that stretched for days without a clear winner.

The counting was slowed somewhat by the state’s mostly-mail election.

Kean is not seeking re-election to the State Senate this year and is widely expected to mount another run for Malinowski’s seat, though it’s not clear how redistricting could effect a repeat challenge.

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