Freshman Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton) raised a colossal $900,000 during the 4th quarter of 2019 and heads into his election year with more than $2.2 million cash-on-hand.
Kim’s fundraising success – he’s raised about $2.7 million since taking his seat in Congress one year ago — comes without accepting corporate PAC money.
“My neighbors in New Jersey know what’s at stake in this election; that’s exactly why our grassroots support is stronger than ever before,” said Kim. “We also know that Washington Republicans and their corporate donors know what’s at stake; it’s why they’ve been busy hand-picking candidates to do their bidding. Our work isn’t close to being done. I’m going to keep fighting for Burlington and Ocean Counties to make sure the people, not D.C. politicians and corporate PACs, speak for New Jersey in the years to come.”
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.
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.
At the same point two years ago, Kim had raised $599,688 and had $431,146 in his campaign warchest.
Republicans think they can beat Kim next year for a seat that hasn’t re-elected a Democratic congressman since Nathan Stratton won a second term in 1852.
So far, three GOP candidates have entered the race: former Burlington County freeholder Kate Gibbs, Barnegat mayor John Novak, and former Hainesport mayor Tony Porto.
New Jersey’s 3rd district has 10,754 more Democrats than Republicans. Democrats won the seat in 2008, when John Adler (D-Cherry Hill) won following the retirement of twelve-term Rep. Jim Saxton (R-Bordentown). Adler lost ex-NFL star Jon Runyan two years later.
MacArthur won the seat in 2014 after Runyan four years in Washington were enough.