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Rep. Andy Kim campaigning for re-election in 20022. (Photo: Andy Kim for Congress).

Andy Kim has a $4.4 million warchest for NJ-3 re-election bid

Two-term Democratic congressman has raised over $5 million so far this cycle

By David Wildstein, July 14 2022 7:30 pm

Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) has racked up another enormous fundraising quarter, raising a robust $894,000 over the last three months, and now has $4.4 million cash-on-hand for his re-election campaign this fall.

“We’re very happy with that,” Kim  told the New Jersey Globe.  “We’re outpacing 2020.”

The Gottheimer of the South  has become a prodigious fundraiser, bringing in nearly $5.1 million so far this cycle.  Two years ago, Kim had raised $4.5 million through June 30 of his election year.  The South Jersey Democrat has done this without accepting corporate PAC money.

Kim now prepares to face his third consecutive self-funding Republican, Bob Healey, Jr., in the general election.  He ousted two-term Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) by 3,973 votes, 50%-49%, in 2018 – MacArthur had won the seat in 2014 after self-funding his own primary – and defeated former Hill International CEO David Richter by eight percentage points in 2020.

Healey, an owner of the Viking Yacht Company, had raised $1.16 million as of May 18 and had roughly $437,000 cash-on-hand.  He defeated gym owner Ian Smith by a 53%-38% margin in the June 7 primary.

In his bid for a third term, Kim has a better district but a political environment that is potentially more difficult in President Joe Biden’s mid-term election.

The 3rd no longer includes the Republican stronghold of Ocean County – which Richter won by nearly 15 points in 2022 — and instead adds more of Burlington, Hamilton, Lawrence, East Windsor and Hightstown in Mercer and parts of western Monmouth County.

Gov. Phil Murphy lost the old 3rd district by more than 14 points in his bid for re-election last year but carried the new 3rd with 50.7% of the vote.

The 40-year-old Kim  grew up in Evesham as the son of Korean immigrants.  He graduated from the University of Chicago and was a Rhodes Scholar.  He served in the Obama White House on the National Security staff after working at the U.S. Department of State and served in Afghanistan as a civilian advisor to two U.S. Army generals, David Petraeus and John Allen.

He gained national attention when he was photographed picking up garbage in the U.S. Capitol after the events of January 6, 2021, and for speaking out after acts of violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

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