Freshman Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton) has raised an impressive $1.8 million since taking his seat in Congress in January, bringing in $575,000 for the 3rd quarter of 2019.
Kim has accumulated a warchest of almost $1.5 million as he prepares to seek re-election to a second term next year in New Jersey’s 3rd district, probably against former Burlington County Freeholder Kate Gibbs.
Without accepting any corporate PAC money, Kim raised $556,839 during the 1st quarter of the year, and $629,325 during the 2nd quarter.
According to the Kim campaign 91% of his contributions are for $100 or less.
“This isn’t a campaign fueled by corporate special interests. It’s one that started as a humble effort to give people their voice back in Washington, and I’m proud to see such enthusiastic support for the work we’re doing,” said Kim. “I promised to bring a new kind of politics to Burlington and Ocean Counties, and I’ve been proud to bring Democrats and Republicans together to make an impact in people’s lives. That’s what I’m focused on and that’s why we’re primed to win in 2020.”
A former Obama White House staffer, Kim ousted two-term Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) in 2018 by 3,973 votes (50%-49%) in what was the closest House race in the state.
As a first-time candidate in the 2018 mid-term elections, Kim raised $6,230,916 – significantly more than MacArthur, who self-funded his first race, who brought in $4,778,480.
Republicans think they can beat Kim next year for a seat that hasn’t re-elected a Democratic congressman since Nathan Stratton won a second term in 1852.
Gibbs announced the formation of an exploratory committee last month. She is the front-runner for the Republican nomination to take on Kim.
New Jersey’s 3rd district has 10,546 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.