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The Burlington County Young Republicans have endorsed Kate Gibbs for Congress in New Jersey’s 3rd district.
Gibbs, a former Burlington County freeholder and a staff member at the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825, is seeking the GOP nomination to challenge freshman Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton) next year.
“Kate Gibbs is the leader South Jersey needs in Washington,” said the county YR chairman, Angelo Lamberto. “As one of the youngest women elected to countywide office, Kate is a trailblazer with a proven record of cutting taxes, creating jobs, improving county infrastructure, and strengthening our schools. With her real-world experience and expertise, Kate Gibbs is the best candidate for the job. We look forward to working to ensure her victory.”
Kim is considered one of the top GOP targets nationally, if Republicans come up with a strong candidate. Gibbs is considered a top-tier recruit for Republicans.
“I want Kate Gibbs to be our next Congresswoman and New Jersey’s first woman representative in South Jersey,” said Abigail Orr, Treasurer of the BCYR. “We are frustrated with Andy Kim’s lack of leadership. He continuously prioritizes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s radical platform over the needs of his constituents, voting with her more than 90% of the time. Kate Gibbs will get New Jersey’s 3rd congressional district back on track.”
Barnegat Township Deputy Mayor John Novak filed yesterday as a candidate for Congress.
Novak, a former New Jersey State Trooper who now practices law in Toms River, has not always gotten along with his fellow Republicans.
The 3rd district is one of the most politically competitive in the state, with 10,565 more Democrats than Republicans. President Donald Trump won the district by six points, 51%-45%, in 2016.
Kim, a former Obama White House staffer, defeated MacArthur by just 3,973 votes in 2018 – the closest House race in the state.
Since taking office in January, Kim has raised $1.8 million and has $1.5 million cash-on-hand, without taking any corporate PAC money.
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.
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.
If elected, Gibbs would be the first Republican woman to represent New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives since Rep. Marge Roukema (R-Ridgewood) retired in 2002.