John Henry Isemann, a businessman waging an underdog campaign in the 7th congressional district, reported raising just $32,850 in the first quarter, a total that puts him far behind the frontrunners of both parties.
The Republican favorite, former Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. (R-Westfield), raised $840,000, while Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) – who beat Kean by just one percentage point in 2020 – raised $1.06 million.
Isemann has raised a total of $108,804 since he launched his campaign last November, and has $33,300 left in cash-on-hand. The 27-year-old former Wall Street denizen was not generally expected to be a major player in the campaign for the 7th district, but he impressed some Republican leaders and managed to force Kean into a runoff at the Morris County convention.
Two other contenders for the 7th district Republican nomination also trailed Kean, though by different magnitudes: 2021 gubernatorial candidate Phil Rizzo raised $160,000 and Assemblyman Erik Peterson (R-Franklin) raised around $29,000.
Another more minor candidate, licensed public works contractor Kevin Dorlon, raised $15,590 in the first quarter and has $5,430 cash-on-hand. Fredon Mayor John Flora and retired U.S. Navy officer Sterling Irwin Schwab have not posted any totals of their own.
Whoever wins the Republican primary is likely to be a small favorite against Malinowski, who is currently under inquiry by the House Ethics Committee for his stock disclosures and who is running in a more Republican district than the one he was first elected to.