New Jersey’s David Richter has made the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Young Guns list for the second time, now as a candidate to take on Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton) in New Jersey’s 3rd district.
Richter had previously made the Young Guns list in the 2nd district, but the NRCC removed him after Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) switched parties and announced her would seek re-election as a Republican.
The Young Guns designation opens the door to national fundraising opportunities and certain assistance from the NRCC.
“These candidates are instrumental in helping Republicans reclaim the House majority,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. “With their continued hard work and dedication Republicans will be one step closer to sending the socialist Democrats packing in November.”
Richter joins Kate Gibbs, a former Burlington County freeholder director who had been the front runner for the chance to take on Kim, on the Young Guns list.
The July 7 primary election between Richter and Gibbs appears too close to call. Richter has the organization line in Ocean County and Gibbs has it in Burlington.
New Jersey native Matt Mowers, a former aide to Gov. Chris Christie who is running for Congress in New Hampshire, was also added to the list. So was his primary opponent for the race against freshman Rep. Chris Pappas (D-New Hampshire), Matt Mayberry.
Also on the Young Guns list: investment banker Frank Pallotta, who is taking on Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) in the 5th, and Rosemary Becchi, who is challenging Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) in the 11th.
Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield) has already made it to the level two NRCC Contender list for his race against Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) in the 7th.