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NJ-3 Republican candidates Ian Smith, left, and Bob Healey Jr. (Photos: Ian Smith and Bob Healey).

Healey outraises, outspends Smith by wide margin in NJ-3 GOP primary

Winner will take on Democrat Andy Kim in November

By David Wildstein, May 26 2022 5:14 pm

Bob Healey, Jr. has outspent Ian Smith by a 9-1 margin going and has nearly six times as much money left in the bank in the Republican primary for Congress in New Jersey’s 3rd district.

The winner of the June 7 primary will take on Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) in the general election.

Healy reported raising $124,103 between April 1 and May 18, bringing his total haul to $1,156,796 so far.  His total includes a $260,000 personal loan to his own campaign.  Smith raised $54,873 during the same 48-day period and has now brought in $154,110 in total.

Through May 18, Healey reported spending $719,375 while Smith spent $76,977.  Over the last 48 days, Healey spent $442,613 against Smith’s $46,843.

Healey has $437,420 cash-on-hand, while Smith has $73,132. Some of that money – dollars from donors who contributed more than the maximum amount in the primary — is available only for the general election.

The owner of the Viking Yacht Company, which employs about 1,600 people in South Jersey, Healey has the organization lines in Burlington, Mercer and Monmouth counties.  Smith owns the Atilis Gym in Bellmawr and won national prominence as a leading critic of Gov. Phil Murphy’s business closures during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a New Jersey Globe/Save Jersey debate earlier this month, neither candidate agreed to endorse their opponent in the general election against Kim, a two-term Democrat and former Obama National Security staffer who flipped the 3rd district House seat in 2018.

The rancorous debate had Healey slamming Smith for his March arrest on drunk driving charges and Smith criticizing Healey for being born wealthy and for lyrics he wrote during his teenage punk rocker days.

“I may have sung in my past about killing someone; Ian actually did kill someone,” Healey said.

A third Republican candidate, Nicholas Ferrara, a realtor from Hamilton, has not yet filed his FEC report.

Kim, the Gottheimer of the South, has turned into a prodigious fundraiser.  He had $3.8 million cash-on-hand as of the end of March.  Kim’s pre-primary report has not yet been filed; it’s due at the end of today.

Reuven Hendler, who is challenging Kim in the Democratic primary, has not reported raising anything

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