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Two-term Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski of New Jersey is facing a very tough run for re-election this year.
Democrats across the country aren’t just facing historic headwinds. The party that wins the White House typically loses about 25 seats in the House of Representatives in the ensuing midterm elections. Nor is it just facing a very turbulent political climate, dominated by soaring inflation and boiled down to President Biden’s negative approval ratings.
Malinowski won the 2018 election in New Jersey’s traditionally red Capitol 7th congressional district for the first time in 40 years, becoming the first Democrat to win re-election by a narrow margin in 2020. Seeking a third term in a newly reorganized constituency. In the process of redistricting every ten years.
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Facing an uphill road ahead, Malinowski will get some help following Tuesday’s announcement that a group of Democrats, Republicans, and independents in New Jersey will create a third party named Moderate. maybe.
Its mission is to give centrist voters more voice. Because many are disillusioned with the feeling that Republicans and Democrats have moved around the political spectrum.
The moderate party aims to act as a fusion party that can nominate candidates from other parties as its own. The practice is outlawed in New Jersey, but party organizers plan to nominate Malinowski in November if they get past the legal troubles.
“Toxic partisanship and polarization are killing our county and keeping many centrist voters out of politics. I hope we’ve found a way to give them some power to keep us closer to the center,” Malinowski told Fox News in an interview on the eve of Tuesday’s primary election in New Jersey.
“We are so polarized that we are getting to the point where it can lead to violence. As we saw on January 6th, it has already led to violence. Members feel as if their party is moving in a direction they do not recognize.They are not necessarily ready to accept the Democratic Party in every way possible. It gives them a way to endorse democrats, but it’s a way to be more in line with their values and send the message they want to send.”
Malinowski also keeps an eye on the most important issue among voters, which he says is the economy.
“Over the past two years, we have saved tens of millions of jobs by getting the American economy back through death’s door. We have to save money,” said the Senator.
“What we’re seeing is that in states like Texas where the Republicans are really in power, they’re not really doing anything about the economy,” Malinowski said. “They seem obsessed with culture war issues, like banning abortion, denouncing textbooks, and withdrawing protections for lesbian and gay Americans. don’t want the government to focus right now.They want to fix the economy.”
But one of those culture wars issues, abortion, could benefit Malinowski.
With the Supreme Court’s conservative majority likely to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling nearly half a century ago, the issue of abortion is once again at the top of the agenda. And many Democrats believe that such a scenario led Malinowski and other House Democrats to victory, allowing the party, including suburban women, to win a House majority in the 2018 midterm elections. It is said to activate the foundation of
“If the Supreme Court does what we expect it to do, it will be terrible for the country, but the Republican Party is doing what the vast majority of Americans consider marginal. ‘, argued Malinowski.
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He said, “Whatever their personal beliefs about this complex issue, the vast majority of voters don’t want to go back to the days when women and doctors were criminalized for making decisions about pregnancy. , the Democrats ran for office on this issue. They said this could happen if they elected a Republican. Most voters didn’t believe it. In the coming months, Republicans meant exactly what they were saying.”
Malinowski said: “In addition to Supreme Court rulings, there will be more and more laws criminalizing abortion from the point of conception, or even going back to what they were before. The mother’s life is in danger. Even when exposed,” he warned. It will soon become a reality.”
Malinowski, who served on the National Security Council in the administration of then-President Bill Clinton and served as deputy secretary of state in the administration of then-President Barack Obama, faced petty opposition in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. ing.
Republican Tom Keene Jr., whom he narrowly won two years ago, is the clear favorite in the tightly packed Republican primary.
Keane is the son of former Republican Governor Tom Keane, a former longtime state legislator with the support of Republican Nationals and who has remained a favorite in Garden State politics for more than 30 years after leaving office.
Malinowski says the young Keane’s political pedigree “is like a two-way cut for him.”
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“This is a man who has lived his whole life from his father’s name while chopping up his father’s legacy. If you’re a Tom Keene Republican, I’m happy to say there was a violent attack on the police and the U.S. Capitol.” It shouldn’t be legitimate political discourse. That’s not what his father did.
“What people love and remember is the legacy of moderates in the Republican Party. Malinowski said jersey at age six.
In an interview with Fox News, Keane spotlighted findings last year by the House Ethics Office that found Malinowski failed to disclose stock trading within the 45 days required by federal law.
“Tom Malinowski has violated laws against insider trading by lawmakers more than 140 times. “It’s unacceptable. He hid millions of dollars in stock and earned a bipartisan ethics review.”
And Keane argued that “it’s clear that Tom Malinowski thinks he operates by a different set of rules than others”, and that his behavior in Congress reflects “how unprofessional he is”. It will play a role because people are aware that it is an ongoing pattern of contact,” he argued. ”
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In response to Keane’s comments, Malinowski said, “I am wholly owned and responsible for the late filing of some of the disclosures. I am fully in blind trust for the sake of saving my life.” We have gone above and beyond what the law requires by setting
And taking aim at Keane, he said, “If they want to run a campaign against me on that basis, it probably wouldn’t be a good idea to run a guy like Keane. Related investments, Investing in Chinese companies that are helping the Chinese military compete with us.
Fox News’ Kyle Morris contributed to this report