Two trade unions have endorsed Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton) for re-election to a second term as the congressman from New Jersey’s 3rd district.
Kim has won the backing of Ironworkers Local 399 and Plumbers, Pipefitters and HVAC Service Technicians Union, UA Local 322.
“Andy has been with us on every issue, every step of the way. He’s stood up for our members, and he’s been a voice for working people we just can’t afford to lose,” said Richard Sweeney, president and business manager of Ironworkers Local 399. “That’s why we’re proud to support him and why we’ve got his back.”
Kim has been chipping away at building trades support since his election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018.
In that race, the influential New Jersey Building & Construction Trades Council endorsed Kim’s opponent, two-term Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River).
Since taking office, Kim has also won the backing of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers of New Jersey.
To stay in Congress, Kim will need to get past Kate Gibbs, a former Burlington County freeholder with close ties to the building trades unions.
Gibbs is employed as a top staffer to the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825, one of New Jersey’s most politically influential labor unions.
“While others take orders from their corporate donors, I’ve been fighting alongside working people in Burlington and Ocean Counties for good jobs and good pay,” said Kim. “We’ve seen the working class under attack for too long in this country; and we’re feeling it right in our own backyard. I’m proud to have the support of the men and women on the frontlines of that fight, and look forward to standing with them to make progress in the years ahead.”