WASHINGTON – Democrat Tom Malinowski has a modest lead over GOP Rep. Leonard Lance in the contest for New Jersey’s Seventh Congressional District, according to a poll released Thursday.
The New York Times Upshot/Siena College poll found that 47 percent of the respondents said they support Malinowski, compared with 39 percent who said they support Lance. Meanwhile, 12 percent said they are not sure which candidate they support.
The sampling included 503 respondents and was carried out Oct. 28-31. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.6 percentage points.
Malinowski, 53, served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor during the last 3 years of the administration of President Barack Obama. Malinowski was born in Poland. He emigrated to the U.S. with mother at age 6.
Lance, 66, has served in Congress since 2009. He is considered a moderate conservative. Lance voted against both Obamacare repeal and the GOP tax reform bill.
The predominately urban district encompasses Hunderton County as well as portions of Morris, Somerset, Warren, Union and Essex counties.
Democrat Hillary Clinton carried the district by less than 2 percentage points in the 2016 Presidential Election.
Many polls say Democrats are likely to retake the House.
The party is hedging its bets on affluent swing districts like NJ-7.