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Congressional candidate Amy Kennedy. (Photo: Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe)

Amy Kennedy raises $816k for challenge to Van Drew

Democrat has $407k cash-on-hand

By David Wildstein, April 12 2020 8:05 pm

Democratic congressional candidate Amy Kennedy has raised $816,330 for her bid to unseat Democrat-turned-Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) in New Jersey’s 2nd district and has $407,273 cash-on-hand

Kennedy, a former public school teacher at the wife of former Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy (D-Rhode Island), says she has raised $566,253, with the rest coming from a personal loan.

She entered the race in January, weeks after Van Drew announced he was switching parties following his vote against the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

“Right now isn’t the time for politics as usual.  We are all focused on keeping our families safe and helping our neighbors and communities however we can,” Kennedy said.  “But with what is happening in the world, it’s clear now more than ever that leadership matters.”

Kennedy says she has received 4,268 contributions and more than 3,000 individual donors and that about half of her fundraising haul came from New Jersey donors who contributed $100 or less.

“The grassroots support I have received with more than 2000 small dollar donations from supporters in New Jersey during these difficult times, demonstrates that people want change and they want to elect a representative who will pledge their undying support to the people of South Jersey not to Donald Trump, a political machine, or any special interest,” Kennedy said.

The numbers might have been higher if not for coronavirus shelter-in-place orders that have significantly curtailed political fundraising everywhere.

Kennedy has the organization line in Atlantic County, which in 2018 made up about 41% of the total Democratic congressional primary votes.  Ocean County, which is about 5% of the vote, is holding an open primary.

Political Science professor Brigid Callahan Harrison has the organization lines in the Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Camden and Burlington counties, which makes up 54% of the voters in the last federal Democratic primary.

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