Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters has endorsed Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) for re-election in New Jersey’s 3rd district, giving the freshman South Jersey congressman his second major building trades endorsement in less than a week.
Like the New Jersey Laborers Union (LiUNA), which also endorsed Jim, the Carpenters had backed Republican incumbent Thomas MacArthur (R-Toms River) in 2018. Kim narrowly defeated MacArthur.
“Our 42,000 skilled union members are proud to advance the fight for fair pay and safer working conditions, and our Council is glad to have Andy in that fight with us,” said Frank Mahoney, Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters Communication Director. “Just like Andy, we don’t care whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, all that matters is whether you’re working to protect workers rights on all levels.”
Several building trades unions had been watching the Republican primary to pick a challenger for Kim.
The labor candidate in the race, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825 staffer Kate Gibbs, lost the GOP primary to former construction company executive David Richter.