In the race to pick a Republican challenger against Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) in New Jersey’s 3rd district, Robert Healey Jr. has a significant cash advantage over rival Ian Smith.
Healey has raised $1,039,414 since entering the race last November, including $519,707 during the first quarter of 2022. He has $755,93 remaining in his campaign warchest.
Smith, who formally entered the race on February 3, has raised $99,161 and has over $68,000 cash-on-hand.
“Given the obstacles we’ve faced, like folks being told to back off that were planning to hold fundraisers for Ian, and the general behind-the-scenes bullying, I’m happy with the numbers because people are now pushing back,” said Steve Kush, Smith’s strategist. “I think you’ll see stronger second quarter numbers, and Ian victorious on election night.”
Healey is an owner of the Viking Yacht Company, a South Jersey yacht manufacturing business that employs over 1,2000 people. He has loaned $200,000 to his campaign and has won organization lines in Burlington, Mercer and Monmouth counties.
Smith is the owner of Atlis Gym and earned celebrity status as a prominent critic of Gov. Phil Murphy’s Covid policies, including the mandated closures of gyms and other businesses, and mask requirements.
Last month, Smith was charged with driving under the influence after he was stopped by a Cinnaminson police officer who observed his truck swerving. The police officer said he failed a field sobriety test – Smith disagrees – and refused a breathalyzer.
He is awaiting a municipal court trial.
This is Smith’s second legal issue. Fifteen years ago, when he was 20, Smith was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter in a crash that killed a 19-year-old Galloway man and served five years in prison.
Kim, a Democrat seeking re-election to a third term, has not announced his first quarter fundraising haul. He had $3.3 million cash-on-hand as of December 31, 2021.
Two others candidates, Democrat Reuven Hendler and Republican Nicholas Ferrara, has also not filed his campaign finance numbers.