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Former Obama White House staffer Andy Kim, the Democratic candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in New Jersey's 3rd district. Kim faces two-term incumbent Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) in the general election. FILE PHOTO

MacArthur, Kim again spar over Kim job history

By Nikita Biryukov, August 24 2018 1:24 pm

Rep. Tom MacArthur’s campaign is again accusing Democratic challenger Andy Kim of inflating his resume. This time, the the campaign claims Kim lied about his record in a campaign ad.

In the tv ad, Kim says he was a national security officer for Republican and Democratic presidents, and while he worked in such a capacity for President Barack Obama, his record of doing so for a Republican president is shorter.

“Under absolutely no circumstance could Andy Kim be considered a national security officer for President George W. Bush. Full stop. End of story,” said MacArthur strategist Chris Russell. “Trying to equate his brief time spent working in government at age 22 to his self-proclaimed ‘time in the Situation Room’ during the Obama Administration is like comparing apples and watermelons.”

Kim’s Linkedin page shows that he worked as a conflict management specialist for the U.S. Agency for International Development in 2005 before returning to Oxford University to seek a doctorate in international relations.

In defending against the attack, Kim pointed to the backing of former senior national security officials.

“This attack was already disproved by Colonel James Seaton and former Secretary of State John Kerry, who said, ‘Andy Kim’s service to our country should be applauded not attacked’ and ‘Andy is a national security expert who served under both Republicans and Democrats…I’m more than a little surprised to see the campaign of someone who has never visited Afghanistan attack the expertise of someone who volunteered to work there”, said Kim spokesman Forrest Rilling. “Congressman MacArthur is back to playing politics with national security.”

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