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Amy Kennedy takes sides in NJ-2 Democratic primary

2020 congressional candidate backs Tim Alexander to take on Van Drew

By David Wildstein, February 23 2022 10:38 am

Tim Alexander, a former prosecutor seeking the Democratic nomination in New Jersey’s 2nd, has picked up the endorsement of Amy Kennedy, a former teacher and mental health advocate who ran a strong race to oust Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) after he switched parties in 2020.

“As a young man, Tim experienced racial profiling when he was charged with a crime he did not commit, which put him on a lifelong path of fighting to fix broken systems,” said Kennedy, the daughter-in-law of the late U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy.
“As a longtime South Jersey resident, Tim knows the hardships we face firsthand, and I know he will use his time in Congress to bring real solutions to the table.”

The Kennedy endorsement comes as Alexander seeks the Atlantic County Democratic organization line at their March 20 convention.

Former Egg Harbor Township school board member Hector Tavarez is Alexander’s main rival.  He has been endorsed by Atlantic County Sheriff Eric Scheffler.

Two other candidates are also in the race: Rev. Curtis Green, a minister, college professor and U.S. Army veteran; and newcomer Carolyn Rush.

“Amy Kennedy has been working for the people of South Jersey for years, first as an educator then as an advocate and champion for the vital issues of education, mental health, and their intersection,” Alexander said.  “She knows firsthand what it takes to mount a campaign in this district, which is why I am so proud to have her endorsement in my own campaign.”

Van Drew was first elected to Congress as a Democrat in 2018 – he won the Atlantic County Democratic convention with 47% —  but switched parties in December 2019 after refusing to support the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

He defeated Kennedy, the wife of former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-Rhode Island), with 52% in 2020.

Congressional redistricting has made Van Drew’s district more favorable to Republicans.

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