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3rd congressional district Republican nominee Bob Healey (left), the owner of Medford Heating, and NFIB state director Eileen Kean. (Photo: Joey Fox for the New Jersey Globe).

Healey endorsed by National Federation of Independent Businesses

Kim opponent ‘will be a strong advocate for small and family businesses,’ Kean says

By Joey Fox, September 20 2022 11:20 am

Republican Bob Healey Jr. today received the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), the country’s most prominent small business advocacy organization, in his bid to unseat Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) in New Jersey’s 3rd congressional district.

“Bob Healey has experience running a family business and understands the challenges small business owners face,” NFIB state director Eileen Kean said in a statement. “He recognizes how rampant inflation and high taxes are hurting small businesses and has pledged to focus on these issues in Congress… Bob Healey will be a strong advocate for small and family businesses, and we look forward to working with him.”

This isn’t the first time the NFIB, which typically endorses Republicans for most offices, has shunned Kim; in 2020, it backed Republican David Richter for the same seat. This year, the federation is also backing former Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. (R-Westfield) in his 7th district bid, but it has not yet issued endorsements in any other congressional races.

Healey, who is also the CEO of Viking Yachts, met in person with Kean and the owner of Medford Heating and Air Conditioning in Burlington County this morning to discuss the effects of state and federal environmental regulations on small businesses. Bemoaning the federal government’s approach to energy and climate policy, Healey said he would be more effective than Kim at fighting for the local interests of the 3rd district.

“This is an issue when government decides to have a one-size-fits-all solution to what they perceive as a problem,” Healey said. “I think it takes having a representative who knows their constituents very well, knows what their issues are, and is able to go down and advocate for them to be really effective.”

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