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Former Obama Official to Run for New Jersey House Seat

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Tom Malinowski (Heng Sinith/AP)

By    |   Monday, 02 October 2017 01:47 PM

Tom Malinowski, former assistant secretary of state during Barack Obama's presidency, announced that he would run for the House of Representatives seat held by Rep. Leonard Lance, R-N.J.

Malinowski announced his candidacy on Twitter with a link to a statement on his campaign website.

"I've defended human rights, equality, and the rule of law," Malinowski wrote. "Now, those values are threatened by a president governing far outside of American norms along with a congressman who can't be counted on," he added.

"I've always fought for what is right — that's why we're going to win," Malinowski said in his statement.

The 7th District in New Jersey is a main target for Democrats; Hillary Clinton won that district in the 2016 election, according to The Hill.

He will join five Democratic challengers that already are set to run in the Democratic primary, according to The Hill.

A Washington Post story from Sunday asked whether Obama-era national security officials could win seats in Congress.

Malinowski responded in a tweet:

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