The National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) released two new 15-second TV spots this morning, each of which hits Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) on a similar theme: high taxes.
One ad, “Charge,” says Malinowski was behind an effort to raise payroll taxes in 2019; the other, “Workers,” focuses on the major bills passed by Democrats over the summer, which the ad says will lead to a “tax increase on everyone.”
“Charge” Script: (Narrator): “Tom Malinowski led the charge to raise payroll taxes by nearly 20%. That would cost workers $1,200 a year. Extreme liberal Tom Malinowski, raising taxes on everyone.”
“Workers” Script: (Narrator): “Tom Malinowski claims he’s focused on the middle class. But Malinowski just voted for massive tax hikes. Working-class families will pay billions more. Tom Malinowski is raising taxes on everyone.”
“Tom Malinowski wants to raise taxes on New Jersey families as they struggle to make ends meet,” NRCC spokesperson Samantha Bullock said in a brief statement accompanying the ads.
The 7th district contest, where Malinowski faces former State Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. (R-Westfield) in a rematch of their close 2020 race, is New Jersey’s most competitive race this cycle, and has attracted by far the most outside spending.
The NRCC has previously aired one ad in the 7th district, but the biggest spender has been the Congressional Leadership Fund, a PAC affiliated with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) that’s aired three TV ads to the tune of more than $2.5 million so far. Malinowski’s allies at the House Majority PAC, meanwhile, have only run one ad in his defense.
Malinowski himself, however, has a huge $2.8 million warchest to fall back on, compared to Kean’s smaller $1.2 million cash-on-hand. And since candidates get better ad rates than outside groups, the congressman may have the edge on the airwaves despite Kean’s outside support.