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Former Burlington County Freeholder Kate Gibbs will challenge Andy Kim in the Third Legislative District.
Former Burlington County Freeholder Kate Gibbs will challenge Andy Kim in the Third Legislative District.

NRCC adds Gibbs, Becchi to Young Guns program

By David Wildstein, January 24 2020 12:31 pm

The National Republican Congressional Committee has added New Jersey congressional candidates Kate Gibbs and Rosemary Becchi to their Young Guns “On the Radar” list.

Appearing on the Young Guns list helps House candidates secure national campaign dollars in their bids to flip Democratic congressional seats.

Gibbs, a labor leader and former Burlington County freeholder, has been the front-runner for the Republican nomination to challenge Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton) in the 3rd district.

Her status as the GOP nominee could change if former Gov. Chris Christie succeeds in persuading former Hill International CEO David Richter to give up his primary challenge against party-switching Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) and run against Kim instead.

Richter had been on the NRCC “On the Radar” list until they removed him when Van Drew became a Republican.

Becchi announced this week that she was switching races.

She had been campaigning for the Republican nomination in the 7th district against the NRCC favorite, State Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield), in a race to take out Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes).

Now the field has been cleared for her to run against Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) in the 11th district.

“We are pleased to add another round of impressive candidates to our Young Guns program,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. “The socialist Democrats’ sham impeachment investigation has inspired hundreds of well-qualified candidates to run for office and put the majority well within our reach.”

McCarthy has contributed $10,000 to Gibbs’ campaign.

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