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Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown). Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.

Andy Kim has $1.3 million in the bank as he prepares for third term bid

New Jersey Democrat is now the Gottheimer of the South

By David Wildstein, March 31 2021 10:36 pm

Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) had a gargantuan fundraising haul during the first three months of 2021, raising over $959,000 since taking office for his second term in Congress.

Without accepting corporate PAC contributions, Kim now has more than $1.3 million cash-on-hand as he prepares to seek re-election in 2022.

“We have been working unbelievably hard,” said Kim, who ousted an incumbent in 2018 and won re-election last year after outperforming Joe Biden by four points in the Republican-leaning 3rd congressional district.

To put Kim’s Gottheimeresque fundraising numbers in perspective: in the first three months of 2019, Kim raised $556,839 and had $503,254 in the bank.

As a comparison, Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff), the Human Fundraising Machine, raised $830,063 in the first quarter of his second term in Congress.

The two-term congressman is showing his fundraising prowess at a time when Republicans are trying to recruit a candidate to run against him in the 2022 mid-term election.

As the first Korean American congressman from New Jersey, Kim has won national attention in recent weeks for speaking out against Asian hate.

He recently went public with a personal story regarding his family.

“My 5 yr old boy came home and asked me why bigger kid kept calling him Chinese Boy. My son, confused, told the boy I’m a New Jersey Boy. He laughed it off but my eyes welled up. 50 yrs ago my parents immigrated here but we cannot shake shadow of foreignness,” Kim said on Twitter.  “I was sad because my son shared what was likely his first ever experience of discrimination. For me it wasn’t first time I heard bias about him. People told me he has cute slanty Chinese eyes or it’s great we teach him English as primary lang as if our default is foreigner. ”

Kim, a former White House National Security Council staffer in the Obama administration,  flipped the Burlington-Ocean House seat in 2018 when he defeated two-term Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) by 3,973 votes (50%-49%) in what was the closest House race in the state.

In 2020, Kim defeated David Richter, the former Hill International CEO, by 33,513 votes, 53%-45%.

Kim has become the first Democrat to win a second term in his district since Nathan L. Stratton (D-Mullica Hill) was re-elected in 1852.

New Jersey’s 3rd district has 15,868 more Democrats than Republicans – an advantage that has grown from 11,197 just two years ago.

Democrats won the seat in 2008, when John Adler (D-Cherry Hill) won following the retirement of twelve-term Rep. Jim Saxton (R-Bordentown).  Adler lost ex-NFL star Jon Runyan two years later.

MacArthur won the seat in 2014 after Runyan four years in Washington were enough.

It will be at least nine months before the new district lines are drawn, so it’s not clear what Kim’s district will look like in the next election.

Kim’s first Republican opponent entered the race earlier today: Tricia Flanagan, who won 18% of the vote in her bid for the GOP U.S. Senate nomination in 2020 and an independent Senate candidate in 2018.

Like Richter, Flanagan is a Princeton resident who lives outside the 3rd district

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