Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) has raised a gargantuan amount of money over the last three months and now has almost $2.7 million cash-on-hand as he prepares to seek a third term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Kim raised over $800,000 in the third quarter of 2021 and has now stockpiled almost double the $1,454,733 he had banked at the same point in 2019.
The Gottheimer of the South had amassed a towering warchest that could play in to congressional redistricting and help determine which Republican challenger takes him on.
“We’re really proud of the operation we’ve put together,” said Kim, who keeps raising a gigantic amount of money without accepting contributions from corporate PACs.
An $800,000 quarter means Kim needs to raise about $8,700 every day.
The South Jersey congressman told the New Jersey Globe that he’s “staying really try to what I want to be doing.”
“We’re operating on all cylinders,” he said, noting that he’s also held 40 town hall meetings.
Kim is just one of seven members of Congress who won a district that Donald Trump carried in 2020. Trump outpolled Joe Biden by a narrow 49.4%-49.2% margin.
Kim, a former White House National Security Council staffer in the Obama administration, has learned the art of fundraising since his first campaign in 2018. 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 11,471 more Democrats than Republicans – an advantage that went down from 15,626 three months ago. When the district was drawn a decade ago, there were 8,863 more Democrats than Republicans.
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 four more months before the new district lines are drawn, so it’s not clear what Kim’s district will look like in the next election.
Three Republicans are challenging Kim so far: Mount Holly school board member Will Monk; Rev. Shawn Hyland, a former executive director of the Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey; and perennial candidate Tricia Flanagan, who lives outside the district.