It was another monster fundraising quarter for Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown), who raised over $800,000 in April, May and June and now has over $2 million banked for his 2022 re-election bid.
Kim has now brought in a massive $1.76 million haul in the first six months of his second term and offers a daunting warchest that could scare away potential Republican opponents next year.
“We’ve been working hard and hustling and getting a really strong response,” said Kim. “I’m blown away by the energy that’s still out there.”
In the 2nd quarter of his first term, Kim raised $532,060, putting his Q2 second term numbers at a 50% increase.
Kim also didn’t hit the $2 million cash-on-hand number until the end of 2019, putting his campaign account six months ahead of where he was two years ago.
“There’s a real sense of accomplishment in my district. They know how much is at stake,” Kim told the New Jersey Globe. “People are energized. They are more energized than they were in 2019.”
The gargantuan numbers come without accepting corporate PAC money.
He is one of just seven House Democrats representing districts that Donald Trump carried in the 2020 presidential 2020. Trump outpolled Joe Biden by a narrow 49.4%-49.2% margin.
Kim has become a fundraising phenom, establishing himself as the Gottheimer of the South. He has posted nearly identical finance numbers as Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) did after the first two quarters of his second term in Congress in 2019.
A former White House National Security Council staffer in the Obama administration, Kim 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 former Hill International CEO David Richter by 33,513 votes, 53%-45% to 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 15,626 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 six months before the new district lines are drawn, so it’s not clear what Kim’s district will look like in the next election.
Two Republicans are challenging Kim: former Mount Holly school board member Will Monk, and Tricia Flanagan, who finished a distant third with 18% in her bid for the GOP U.S. Senate nomination in 2020 and received less than one-half of one percent as an independent U.S. Senate candidate in 2018.
Monk told the New Jersey Globe on Wednesday that he has not yet begun fundraising.
“I wanted to meet party leadership first, which I have done, to show I am not an outsider trying to challenge the party,” Monk said. “Not much response to be honest but there is plenty of time.”
Flanagan is a Princeton resident who lives outside the 3rd district.