December 6, 2022

Malinowski’s supporters fear the region will be flooded and he will be ‘sacrificed’ in redefining it.

Nevertheless, his razor-thin 2020 re-election victory against Republican state Senator Tom Keane Jr., the democratic turmoil over the current political climate, Keane’s relations with Republicans on the redefinition committee and the corruption surrounding his own stock trading created Malinowski who wants to take third place. Periodically, an explicit candidate should be thrown under the bus.

Malinowski, who represents the 7th District of Central New Jersey, faces a rematch next year with Keane, the heir to a centuries-old political dynasty, who defeated him by more than 1 percent in 2020 – the closest re-election difference to any Democrat. Member of the country.

“Making our district safe for the heirs of any political dynasty is unacceptable to the citizens of the NJ7,” said Miriam Kohler, Malinowski’s supporter, a resident of the district. Virtual Redistribution Commission Meeting on November 20th. “Please do not sacrifice us.”

No other member of New Jersey’s congressional delegation has received the support of supporters at redefinition meetings like Malinowski. According to two sources familiar with the process of believing Malinowski is coordinating this, it has angered some Democratic commissioners.

Malinowski camp denies it.

The boundaries of New Jersey Congress are drawn every 10 years by a 13-member commission consisting of six Democrats, six Republicans and a tie-breaking member appointed by the state Supreme Court: this year, the tie-breaker is former state Supreme Court Judge John. Wallace, Jr., is a registered Democrat. The commission is expected to draw up a map of approximately 12 districts in the second week of January to reflect the state’s changing population.

Despite the Republicans’ victory in 2011, the then Republican commissioners did not anticipate a backlash from voters for former President Donald Trump, drawing the blueprint that initially divided New Jersey’s U.S. House delegation 6-6.

Before the Democrats won an 11-1 majority after the 2018 by-elections, delegates shifted slightly in favor of the Democrats after the 2016 election. Democrats now have an 11-2 majority after defector Jeff van Drew (RN.J.) switched parties.

The 7th district, the richest and most well-educated part of central Jersey, was considered safe for Republicans until the 2018 Trump Middle Ages, when Malinowski was defeated for 10 years. Proponents of GOP’s current Leonard Lance – Malinowski have repeatedly insisted during their testimony before the Commission.

“People should not be punished for the work we did to encourage our neighbors,” Malinowski’s supporter Lacy Reszowski told the commission. Nov. Meeting in person at 13. “I urge the Commission to make every effort to maintain the fairness and competitiveness of this district.”

Witnesses in favor of Malinowski are zero in on the same message: keep the district large enough to increase the need to add thousands of residents, including two democratically sloping cities from Union County. Ten years ago, they argue, the district was pulled in favor of a Republican position, but has since turned into intense competition, and it should remain so.

Democrats have won the district in the last two presidential elections – Hillary Clinton by 1 percentage point in 2016 and Joe Biden by 10 points in 2020.

However, Democrats know that Malinowski could be their most confused member in the 2022 by-elections.

After his imminent 2020 re-election victory, Malinowski came under media scrutiny. Failed to reveal Hundreds of thousands of dollars in stock trading and Short sale stocks.

Realizing Malinowski’s potential impact, amid rumors, Democrats are preparing to sacrifice him to elevate six Democrats from the 7th District, the other Democrats in the swing districts. Issued a precautionary report In May, it declared that “the idea that we are ready to relinquish the seat of Congressman Malinowski for 10 years is utter nonsense.”

After that, however, Malinowski’s fate did not improve.

A few days after the May press release, Republicans named their redeployment commissioners – two of whom were appointed by the outgoing state Senate minority leader Keane, who will challenge Malinowski again in 2022. Harrison was an adviser to Neely Keane, the Republican reorganization executive director. 2020 campaign against Malinowski.

At the same time, the stock trading scandal progressed, the Office of Ethics of Congress found that there was “substantial reason to believe” that Malinowski had violated federal interest rules or laws, and the news was scrutinized. House Committee on Ethics. This led Republicans to fan the possibility of democratic infighting.

“The desire to profit from an epidemic of the corrupt Tom Malinowski makes it an easy target for New Jersey Democrats to sacrifice in the redefinition process,” National Republican Congress spokeswoman Camille Galen said in a statement.

Then last month, New Jersey’s governor and state legislature elections came closer than expected, with Democrat Governor Bill Murphy winning re – election and the Democrats’ state legislature majority shrinking, signaling a tough interim re-election for the three New Jersey Democrats. 2016 flipped GOP-slots: Josh Gothiemer, Andy Kim and Mickey Sheryl. All their districts Voted for Murphy’s Republican nominee, Jack Seatrelli.

But Cook’s political statement editor Dave Wasserman, an expert in redefining, is from Malinowski’s district.

Based on what he heard from those involved in the redefinition process, Wasserman drew up what the district would look like. According to that map, the 7th district would cover the whole of northwestern New Jersey, drawing some of the most conservative areas of the Sheryl and Gothiemer districts, and Kim would lose the red part of his district.

“The tems I said they were lucky to come out with the 9D-3R split (now vs. 10D-2R) in 2022 increase the chances of reducing the deal with the GOP commissioners. # NJ07 Representative Tom Malinowski (D) disembarked under the bus # NJ03, # NJ05 And # NJ11, ” Wasserman tweeted.

In a statement, Malinowski’s spokeswoman Nari Kedotad dismissed Wasserman’s speculation.

“We trust the process and everyone involved in it,” he said. “CD07 residents have been speculating throughout the year that their district has been cut off by political statements. These public hearings are an opportunity to respond and they are taking it.”

But a source close to Malinowski, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Wasserman’s tweet “burned the whole thing”, but said they underestimated the level of coordination of the Congress office with those who went before the redefinition commission, adding that supporters had asked how. They can help, “We explained to them that you can testify.”

POLITICO approached some Democrats involved in the restructuring process, but all declined to comment publicly. Personally, however, they were outraged to see the flooding of meetings with Malinowski sympathetic witnesses. They also denied that there was any plan to sacrifice Congress.

The redefinition process is expected to come to a head this month, with commissioners drilling into the as yet undecided area to draw district lines.

He doubts the final map for the 7th District will look like the one he drew, but Wasserman said in a phone interview that it was “the basic structure of a plan that would sacrifice Malinowski.”

“The Redefining Commission has historically been about protecting individual officials rather than a purely discriminatory calculation,” he said. “There are other Democrats who have close allies on the commission. Malinowski was never really a mechanical democrat. In this case he could be punished.