Malinowski’s new ad hits Kean again on abortion

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A new TV ad released today by Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) hits out at his Republican opponent, former Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. (R-Westfield), over a now familiar issue: the abortion. the place, “Dodged,” says Kean does not support abortion access and will not stand up to former President Donald Trump.

Script: (Participant at the town hall): “I have a follow-up on this. Do you support a woman’s right to choose, or not? »
(Narrator): “In fact, Tom Kean Jr. voted against the New Jersey law protecting women’s right to choose. It’s getting worse. Now Kean supports an abortion ban that nullifies that protection. Tom Kean Jr. bragged that he had Trump’s back no matter what. Now we know the cost. Tom Kean Jr.: anti-choice, pro-Trump no matter what.

“Months ago, Tom Kean Jr. told us he supported Trump no matter what,” Malinowski’s campaign manager Brooke Zindulka said in a statement accompanying the announcement. “Now he’s pushing for an abortion ban that would eliminate lifesaving health care for New Jersey women. Tom Kean Jr. told us exactly who he was every step of the way – the anti-choice candidate and pro-Trump voters in New Jersey know this is too high a price to pay and will reject Tom Kean Jr. at the polls.

Kean has described himself as pro-choice with exceptions, and his campaign explicitly says Gothamist just yesterday that he is not supporting a national ban. Still, Kean did vote against the Reproductive Freedom of Choice Act (FRCA) in one of his last votes as a state legislator, and he committed to a semi-hidden page of its website to “protect the unborn child from blatant abortion laws”.

Malinowski, New Jersey’s most vulnerable representative this year, leaned heavily on abortion in his campaign, saying Kean would hand Congress over to Republicans who cheered the fall of Roe v. Wade. It’s already aired an announcement this cycle exclusively on abortion, hitting Kean in August for his FRCA and Planned Parenthood votes.

Trump is also a familiar specter in the 7th arrondissement. In their first contest of 2020, Malinowski repeatedly tied Kean to the unpopular Republican at the top of the ticket; Malinowski ended up winning that contest by one percentage point as Trump lost the district by 10. The neighborhood was redesigned to be more republican on the new congressional map of the state, but Malinowski’s ad indicates that abortion and Trump still remain powerful topics for Democrats.

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