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Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown), left, and Republican David Richter. Photos by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.

Ratings show NJ-3 as state’s most competitive House race

Van Drew, Malinowski lean toward incumbent, Cook Political Report says

By David Wildstein, August 07 2020 11:59 am

The Cook Political Report, one of the leading non-partisan analysts of federal races, views the 3rd district contest between freshman Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) and Republican businessman David Richter as the closest congressional race in New Jersey.

The 3rd district is ranked as a toss-up, according to updated ratings released today.

Cook views the 2nd district race between Democrat-turned-Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) and Democrat Amy Kennedy as Leans Republican, and the 7th district matchup between freshman Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) and Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. as Leans Democratic.

Two other incumbents are in the Likely Democratic column: Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) in the 5th and Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) in the 11th.

The rest of the state House delegation – six Democrats and 20-term Republican Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton) – are considered safe.

The House Race editor for Cook Political Report is David Wasserman, a New Jersey native who is considered one of the top congressional race forecasters in the nation.  Wasserman first came to notice as a high school student nearly 20 years ago when he drew redistricting maps for PoliticsNJ, then the state’s dominant source of political news.

Cook Political Report House Race Ratings for August 7, 2020. Courtesy of David Wasserman via Twitter.
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