The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is backing Tom Kean, Jr. for Congress in the 7th district, giving the Republican challenger the backing of the nation’s largest and most prominent pro-business group in his bid to unseat freshman Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes).
The endorsement comes less than two weeks after the Chamber of Commerce endorsed the other freshman Democratic congressman from New Jersey, Andy Kim (D-Moorestown), in his bid for re-election.
“As our nation faces many challenges and is collectively working to not just reopen our economy but return to growth and expanded opportunities for all Americans, we need leaders like Tom Kean Jr.,” said U.S. Chamber CEO Thomas J. Donohue. “He has a proven track record of leading responsibly and standing up for good policies.”
Chamber of Commerce endorsements go to candidates with a proven track-record of supporting pro-business issues.
While the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce does not rate voting records of state legislators, Kean does have a 100% rating from the National Federation of Independent Business – New Jersey.
Malinowski’s voting record earned him a score of 69% from the organization, just two points lower than Kim. The two Democrats had identical voting records on bills ranked by the chamber, although Kim’s bi-partisan score was 19 points higher than Malinowski’s.
“In difficult times, we are reminded of the importance of having leaders that understand the genius of the American system of government and free enterprise and who are willing to tackle the hard problems that confront our nation,” Donohue said.
The Hill reported this month that the Chamber of Commerce was backing 23 freshman Democrats for re-election in 2020, including Kim.
Click here to watch the New Jersey Globe 7th Congressional District Debate between Kean and Malinowski.