SOMERVILLE, NJ – Central New Jersey Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-7th, and a prominent Republican who would like to replace him in Congress next year are busy raising funds for the 2020 campaign.

Malinowski, who lives in Rocky Hill, finished the second fundraising quarter of 2019 with $568,000 raised and $1,020,000 cash on hand. This is the second straight quarter the Malinowski campaign has raised more than half a million dollars. 

Meanwhile, state Sen. Tom Kean, son of the former governor, who announced his candidacy for the 7th Congressional District seat held by Malinowski in April, announced this week that he had raised over $500,000 during the first three months of his campaign.

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Kean, a resident of Westfield, will presumably be challenged in next June’s state Primary by other Republican candidates who would like to unseat Malinowski.

“I am so grateful for the enthusiastic support our campaign continues to receive,” said Malinowski, whose district office is in Somerville. “The voters sent me to Washington to fight for the Gateway Tunnel, affordable, high quality healthcare, and restoration of their SALT deduction. That’s what I will continue to do as long as I am privileged to represent the people of New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District.”

Since taking office 6 months ago Malinowski has made good on his promises to NJ07 voters; ensuring mechanisms to fund Gateway were included in the FY2020 transportation budget, introducing an amendment to protect pre-existing conditions that passed with bipartisan support, and testifying before the powerful Ways and Means Committee to advocate for the full restoration of New Jersey’s SALT deduction.

"I am humbled by the support I have received from so many families in North Jersey," Kean said. "Congress is headed in the wrong direction and it is time we send our New Jersey values to Washington, not accept Washington values in New Jersey. Thank you to all of you who believe in our mission. We have stood together through good and difficult times, and if we continue to stand together we will take back the 7th Congressional District."

As a U.S. Senate candidate in 2006, Kean raised nearly $8 million.