Without taking any corporate PAC money, freshman Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton) raised a solid $572,000 during the second quarter of 2019 and has nearly $1 million cash-on-hand.
Kim has now raised more than $1.1 million in his first six months as a congressman. He raised $556,839 during the first quarter of this year.
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.
MacArthur raised $190,110 during the first three months of his first term in Congress in 2015.
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.
New Jersey’s 3rd district has 10,627 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 decided he’d had enough of Washington.
While GOP challengers have already announced their candidacies in the 2nd, 5th and 7th districts, no Republicans have emerged to take on Kim.
The largess of Kim’s warchest might make some Republican candidates more reticent to run.
One potential candidate, former Ocean County GOP Finance Chairman Frank Sadeghi, had been mulling a campaign against Kim but instead decided to run for county chairman following the resignation of George Gilmore. Sadeghi lost by 25 votes.
“From the beginning, this campaign has been powered by people, not special interests. We’ve seen that again over the past three months through the incredible grassroots effort demonstrated by our supporters,” said Kim. “No matter where I am across Burlington and Ocean Counties, I hear from people that they want someone fighting for them. It’s why I’m working hard every day to make health care more affordable and bad actors more accountable. I want to thank everyone who has stood with me and assure them I will never stop fighting for New Jersey in Washington.”