Former Rep. Tom MacArthur continues to support Kate Gibbs to win back his old seat and slammed the Democrat who ousted him as “Caspar Milquetoast.”
Gibbs had been the leading candidate to take on freshman Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton), but the race in New Jersey’s 3rd district was upended after David Richter dropped his primary challenge to Rep. Jeff Van Drew and is now running against Kim.
“My wife, Debbie and I have each given the most money we can legally give to Kate in the primary. That speaks for itself,” MacArthur told the New Jersey Globe. “That said, Kate and David are both good people who will keep their word if elected.”
MacArthur sharply criticized Kim’s record after a year in Congress.
“Andy Kim, on the other hand has maintained a meek and mild tone — as if that’s all that matters — while consistently voting with the most liberal wing of the Democratic Party,” MacArthur said.
Kim defeated MacArthur by a narrow 3,973 votes (50%-49%) in the 2018 mid-term elections, a casualty of the Blue Wave that gave Democrats control of the House.
Now MacArthur is accusing Kim of breaking campaign promises he made in the last campaign.
“He said he was a moderate and then promptly joined the Progressive Caucus, which supports socialism instead of capitalism and one-world globalism instead of a strong, independent America,” the former two-term congressman said. “He has broken his word over and over – voting for (Nancy) Pelosi, pushing impeachment to name just a few – and thinks he can fool people by playing the role of Caspar Milquetoast.”
MacArthur seems ready to campaign for whomever emerges as the Republican nominee in a district that Donald Trump carried by six percentage points in 2016.
“We need a strong Representative who votes for the majority of her/his constituents, not just his most liberal supporters,” said MacArthur. “Kim has to go, and Republicans need to get behind a winner with all the support we can muster.”
Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, a potential Republican gubernatorial candidate, told the Globe that he will also continue to support Gibbs and will hold a fundraiser for her next month.
“It’s a game of musical chairs,” Bramnick said of Richter’s entrance into the race. “I wouldn’t change just because someone else got in.”