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Former Burlington County Freeholder Kate Gibbs will challenge Andy Kim in the Third Legislative District.
Former Burlington County Freeholder Kate Gibbs , a candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s 3rd district..

Kate Gibbs raises $143k for race against Andy Kim in NJ-3

Labor leader and ex-freeholder outpaces what Kim raised in first weeks of 2018 campaign

By David Wildstein, January 17 2020 9:07 pm

Republican Kate Gibbs, seeking to take on freshman Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton) in New Jersey’s 3rd district, raised $143,000 in her first five weeks as a congressional candidate and has $135,000 cash-on-hand.

Gibbs, an International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825 staffer and former Burlington County freeholder, announced her candidacy on November 20.

Among Gibbs’ donors is House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s political action committee, which sent $10,000 and a signal that she is the preferred candidate of national Republicans.

Gibbs has two challengers of the Republican nomination: Barnegat mayor John Novak and former Hainesport mayor Anthony Porto.

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, who self-funded his first race, 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.

Gibbs has already won the organization line in Burlington County, which held their vote in December.

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2 thoughts on “Kate Gibbs raises $143k for race against Andy Kim in NJ-3

  1. Your article is interesting in that you are comparing what an “unknown” candidate, Andy Kim, raised in his first quarter after announcing his candidacy, and your portrayal of Ms. Gibbs, as a FORMER Burlington County freeholder, which means she is not new to politics in the district aka “a known name.” If you subtract the $10,000 from Mr. McCarthy’s PAC (and I won’t even go into the possibility of how that PAC was funded), their first quarter donations are not that different. Based on Kim’s performance as a freshman congressman, CD3 already has a strong representative, and I for one will be working to see him re-electied.

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