Rep. Tom MacArthur’s campaign is pointing to an apparent flip-flop Democratic challenger Andy Kim has made on a homestead tax rebate the former Obama staffer took on a Washington, D.C., condo and later refunded.
Kim initially said that the tax break was renewed automatically, but on an appearance with NJTV’s On the Record with Michael Aron, Kim said he lived in the nation’s capital for a portion of the year and was entitled to the tax break but refunded it anyway.
“I was living in Washington, D.C., for a period of that time that year, as I was finishing off my government service. And as a result, you know, I was entitled to that homestead deduction for that period,” Kim said. “But, you know, regardless of that, we paid it off, and there was nothing wrong at any point there, and what Tom MacArthur is trying to do with this is just distract from the issues that we’re trying to get to in this race.”
Kim registered to vote in New Jersey in May of 2017 and cast a ballot in June that same year. The tax break came in September 2017.
The former national security staffer’s campaign has said that he refunded the $687 in benefits the tax break netted him and said he did so before the incumbent’s campaign raised the rebate as an issue.
Now, MacArthur is calling on Kim to back those facts up.
“Now that Andy Kim has claimed he was ‘entitled” to this tax break, the public is entitled to know the date of his correspondence with the Washington, D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue to find out if he is telling the truth,” MacArthur said in a statement. “If the correspondence is dated more than 30 days after Andy Kim registered to vote in New Jersey on May 10, 2017, then Andy Kim was in violation of Washington, D.C., law and has some explaining to do.”
Kim’s campaign did not immediately return comment on whether or not the candidate would release the dates of said correspondence. Those requests were made at 3:49 p.m. Wednesday, and this article will be updated with comment once it is received.