BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Democratic candidate Tom Malinowski chose Embassy Suites in Berkeley Heights to gather his supporters to await the results of the close race for the New Jersey's 7th Congressional District seat he won against five term Republican incumbent Congressman Leonard Lance.
Throughout the night, cheers erupted from the large crowd that filled the ball room as more and more congressional seats were collected by the Democratic candidates, ultimately taking back the House.
It was around 11:30 p.m. when Malinowski, surrounded by his team, took to the stage to address the crowd of supporters after the media called the race with Malinowski having 50.3 percent of the vote, to Lance's 48.2 percent, with 96 percent of the precincts reporting.
Malinowski said, "Number one, we won the House!" -- "I heard tonight, we may get 100 women in the House of Representatives." -- And number 3, he said, Congressman Lance called to congratulate him. "Malinowski is going to the House," he said.
Although the race was a hard fought close race and Malinowski said there were a lot of ideas they disagreed on, he thanked Congressman Lance for his years of service to the State and District. "He has served the State and our District for many many years. We may have had some disagreements -- public service is devalued in this country. I want to thank him tonight for his years of public service for our country."
Malinowski told the crowd that he entered the race for his convictions about what was happening in this country. He credits the grass roots organizations that became the foundation to his "grass roots campaign" that won the race.
In closing, he said, "I still believe this election was not about who is in the White House, it was fundamentally about us, who we are. -- History will say that Nov. 6, 2018, we passed the test. Fear lost today, common sense won today. Millions of Americans across our country cast their ballots to say that building walls around our country and our hearts is not going to make healthcare less expensive, schools safer or our country great. They are pleading with us to stop typing fake threats and to start solving real problems."
"I will do everything in my power to be worthy of the trust that you placed in me as your representative to the United States Government," he said.