Redistricting is credited with helping Republicans flip New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District seat, according to a Fox News report.
Republican Thomas Kean Jr. beat incumbent Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ), according to The Associated Press.
Fox News further reported:
The 7th district was considered one of the most vulnerable House seats in the state following redistricting last year that gave Republicans a three-point advantage over Democrats.
Thomas Kean Jr. is the former Minority Leader of the New Jersey state Senate and the son of a popular former governor.
Malinowski, first elected to the House in 2018, previously faced Kean in 2020, though Malinowski was able to beat his two-time Republican challenger by just 5,000 votes.
Malinowski faced criticism from Kean on inflation and controversial stock trades during Covid-19 that the Garden State congressman failed to disclose.
Since 2020, Malinowski has bought or sold as much as $1 million of stock in medical and tech companies that had a stake in the virus response, according to an analysis of records by The Associated Press.
The trades were just one slice of a stock buying and selling spree by the congressman during that time, worth as much as $3.2 million, which he did not properly disclose under the STOCK Act — though Malinowski claims the alleged violations of the were nothing more than paperwork errors.
In neighboring New York, redistricting created conditions that helped Republicans flip three congressional seats. Notably, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman, Sean Maloney (D-NY), lost to a Republican Tuesday.
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