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3rd district Republican nominee Bob Healey Jr. (Photo: Joey Fox for the New Jersey Globe).

Healey has $654k cash-on-hand after raising $380k in Q3 for race against Kim

In NJ-3, Democratic congressman has a cash advantage of more than 4-1

By David Wildstein, October 14 2022 12:49 pm

Republican congressional candidate Bob Healey raised more than $380,000 in the third quarter of 2022, roughly one-third of what incumbent Andy Kim brought in over the same 92-day period in New Jersey’s 3rd district.

Healey entered the final five weeks of the campaign with $654,375 cash-on-hand.

Healey, the owner of a yacht manufacturing company,  has raised over $2.78 million since becoming a candidate late last year.  He put no personal money into the campaign in the third quarter, leaving his total personal contribution at $1 million.

Kim, a two-term Democrat and former Obama White House staffer, raised more than $1.1 million in the third quarter of this year and a total of $6.2 million this cycle.  He had a $3 million warchest as of September 30.

Healey’s mother, Ellen, has contributed $2 million to Garden State Advance, a super PAC formed to boost the Healey effort.

“We will be very competitive down the stretch with Congressman Kim in terms of spending,” said Theresa Velardi, Healey’s campaign manager.

The super PAC reported raising $77,900 in the third quarter, bringing its total raised this year  to 2,112,900.   Most of the Q3 money — $50,000 — came from David Zallie, a Medford resident who owns a chain of Shop-Rite supermarkets.

“No amount of money can change the fact that Andy Kim is a phony,” Velardi said.  “He claims to be bipartisan but votes with his party 100% of the time for policies that have driven inflation to record heights.  He claims to be moderate, but sides with radicals who want to defund the police.  He claims to share our values but supports pushing age-inappropriate sex ed to young children.  Andy Kim is a bad fit for the 3rd congressional district.”

Kim ousted two-term Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) by 3,973 votes, 50%-49% – in 2018.  MacArthur had won the seat in 2014 after self-funding his own primary – and defeated former Hill International CEO David Richter by eight percentage points in 2020.

Redistricting made the 3rd district more Democratic.  The Republican stronghold of Ocean County – which Richter won by nearly 15 points in 2022 — and instead adds more of Burlington, Hamilton, Lawrence, East Windsor and Hightstown in Mercer and parts of western Monmouth County.

Gov. Phil Murphy lost the old 3rd district by more than 14 points in his bid for re-election last year but carried the new 3rd with 50.7% of the vote.

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