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Rep. Andy Kim. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Kim celebrates Biden’s pick for transportation secretary

Pete Buttigieg, congressman’s longtime friend, tapped to lead Department of Transportation

By Nikita Biryukov, December 15 2020 2:26 pm

Rep. Andy Kim (D-Bordentown) is backing former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg to be President-elect Joe Biden’s secretary of transportation.

“Pete will bring an intelligence and ingenuity to a job that touches every American and will work every day for smart policies that will rebuild our nation’s infrastructure and our middle class. I’ve known Pete for most of my adult life,” the congressman said. “I’ve seen him answer the call to serve and put the American people first. I have the utmost confidence that he will serve in this role ably and look forward to seeing him swiftly confirmed.”

Biden reportedly picked Buttigieg for the post Tuesday.

Kim and the Buttigieg, a former presidential candidate, are longtime friends. They went to Oxford together, each attending the other’s wedding.

The congressman endorsed Buttigieg’s presidential bid after U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-Newark) dropped out of the race. The former mayor backed Kim’s re-election this year.

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