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.