The National Republican Congressional Committee wants Rep. Andy Kim to take a stance on New York Rep. Alexandra Ocasio Cortez’s Green New Deal.
The NRCC recorded Kim responding to a question about the progressive plan at a recent event hosted by the Chamber of Commerce in Toms River.
“Kim, showing the spine of a jellyfish, declined to offer his thoughts, telling the audience he’s focusing on his district, to which a fellow panelist derisively remarked, ‘Good answer, Congressman,’” NRCC spokesperson Michael McAdams said. “If Kim is too much of a coward to take a stand against AOC’s plan to ban cows and airplanes, how can New Jersey families count on him to fight for them in Washington?”
Kim told the crowd there he had focused on his district during his first few months in office and did not take a position on the plan.
His office also did not provide a stance on the plan, though it did say the congressman considered global warming a pressing issue.
“Climate change is real, and we need realistic solutions to counter its threat to our communities. This isn’t a political issue, it’s personal to everyone who has to deal with its effects,” Kim said in a statement. “I’m focused on tangible solutions to prepare our communities for the next superstorm and strengthen our infrastructure. I hope my colleagues on both sides of the aisle joint me to address these issues and stand up for New Jersey.”