Ads that are paid by political action committees (PACs) from outside of North Jersey have dominated the airwaves in the 2022 Congressional races—to a tune of $15 million across the state.
The race that has seen the biggest influx is the 7th Congressional District rematch between Rep. Tom Malinowski and GOP nominee Tom Kean, Jr. And in the waning days, two Democratic PACs will allocate $600,000 this week in their efforts to re-elect Malinowski as they attempt to retain the House.
The money comes from the House Majority PAC, which is tied to the Democratic leadership, and from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). The $600,000 includes $250,000 the House Majority PAC has set aside television ads in the New York market. The most recent ads have focused on abortion
The seven groups supporting Malinowski have poured approximately $1.5 million into the race. Most of that money ($965,434) came from the House Majority PAC.
While Malinowski—who had over $2.8 million cash in hand entering the last month of the campaign—has had national help, it has been dwarfed by the Republican PAC’s spending at least $4.0 million to help Kean win the seat.
The Congressional Leadership Fund, which is tied to House Republican leaders, has spent $3.6 million in ads focused on Malinowski. The National Republican Congressional Committee has spent $691,000 to attack the Democrat as well. The ads have focused on taxes, government spending, and a House Ethics Committee inquiry into Malinowski’s stock trading.
Kean has spent $2.6 million this election and had $1.2 million on hand to start October.
Showing for Sherrill
The two other hotly contested races in North Jersey—the 5th and 11th Congressional Districts—have been more of a one sided affair when it comes to outside campaign cash.
Rep. Mikie Sherrill has received $3.2 million in outside expenditures, the bulk of that from VoteVets.org. A pro-veteran PAC, that group has spent over $2.3 million for the Navy veteran Sherrill.
Independent spending groups have not invested in Sherrill’s GOP challenger, Paul DeGroot. In fact, the Republican State Committee is the only source of outside money there.
In the 5th Congressional District, the incumbent is again receiving significant outside support while the GOP challenger is left on his own.
Rep. Josh Gottheimer, who has $14 million on hand to spend, has received nearly $2.6 million in outside spending—with approximately $2 million of that coming from the House Majority PAC. Additionally, Gottheimer received $445,000 Center Forward, a pac that described itself as “working to end the culture of gridlock in Washington by bringing together moderate centrist allies to find bipartisan solutions.”
GOP challenger Frank Pallotta, in a rematch from the 2020 race, has received $58,260 from LV Strong, a PAC operated by Republican political and public affairs firm the Eagle Consulting Group.