Republican Kate Gibbs raised $76,440 in the last three months, bringing her total haul to $219,343 in her bid to unseat freshman Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton) in New Jersey’s 3rd district.
Gibbs has spent $102,572 and has $112,272 cash-on-hand.
Her GOP primary opponent, former Hill International chairman David Richter, has not yet released his first quarter fundraising numbers. He had raised $652,980 and had $515,227 banked at the end of 2019.
The former Burlington County freeholder director is among a number of candidates facing fundraising setbacks as New Jersey battles the coronavirus pandemic.
“Running a campaign where Kate can’t meet with people or hold traditional fundraising events – and where our opponent is sheltered-in-place in Princeton and can’t even set foot in the district – was not something anyone could have predicted,” said Angelo Lamberto, Gibbs’campaign manager. “So, while Kate is far and away the only Republican candidate who can defeat Andy Kim in November, it’s clear that running a conventional campaign is not going to cut it. We are confident in how we’ve adapted, and in the strategy we have moving forward to win on July 7th.”
Gibbs has the organization line in Burlington, while Richter has it in Ocean.
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.
Kim filed as a congressional candidate against MacArthur on June 19, 2017 and reported raising $117,236 during his first eleven days as a candidate and an additional $137,951 in his first full quarter.
As a first-time candidate in the 2018 mid-term elections, Kim raised $6,230,916 – significantly more than MacArthur, a one-time self-funder who brought in $4,778,480.
Kim had a monster 4th quarter of 2019, raising $900,000 and starts the year with $2.2 million in his campaign warchest after raising $2.7 million since taking office one year ago. His fundraising haul comes without accepting corporate PAC money. He has not yet released his 1st quarter 2020 fundraising.