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Rep. Andy Kim. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Andy Kim raises $758k in 1st quarter, has more than $2.7 million in warchest

Freshman congressman has raised $3.4 million since taking office 15 months ago

By David Wildstein, April 15 2020 9:31 am

Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton) raised $757,774 in the first three months of this year and has $2,741,702 cash-on-hand as he seeks a second term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Kim has raised $3,426,165 since taking office in January 2019, all without accepting corporate PAC money.

Almost 90% of Kim’s contributions came in amounts of $100 or less.

“We are enormously grateful for the support of our grassroots team, and we are proud of the work that our volunteers have done over the past month in joining our team to reach out to members of our community during these tough times,” said Kim’s campaign manager, Emily Laskar.  “This has always been a campaign about looking out for our neighbors and communities and bringing people together. We’re going to continue to do that because the people of Burlington and Ocean Counties are tough and resilient, and together we can make it through this crisis.”

Kim’s 1st quarter fundraising success follows a massive $903,483 4th quarter of last year.

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.

One of Kim’s Republican challengers, former Burlington County Freeholder Director Kate Gibbs, raised $76,440 in the first three months of 2020 and has $112,2672 remaining of the $219,343 she has raised so far.

Former Hill International CEO David Richter, who faces Gibbs in the GOP primary, has not yet released his first quarter fundraising numbers.  He had raised $652,980 and had $515,227 banked at the end of 2019.

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.

At the same point two years ago, Kim had raised $599,688 and had $431,146 in his campaign warchest.

New Jersey’s 3rd district has 11,197 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.

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