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Andy Kim. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Teachers union endorses Andy Kim

American Federation of Teachers backs South Jersey congressman for re-election

By David Wildstein, February 03 2020 11:28 am

Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton) has been endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers.

“AFTNJ appreciates Andy’s dedication to education, labor and making life better in New Jersey for all our communities,” said AFTNJ President Donna Chiera. “In the past two years, he has demonstrated his commitment to working families by supporting legislation that strengthens our schools, our economy, and safeguards our environment.”

Kim is seeking re-election to a second term this year.  He flipped New Jersey’s 3rd district in 2018, narrowly ousting two-term Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River).

The teachers union has already endorsed Brigid Callahan Harrison for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd district.

“His voice and votes represent the values of residents of his district and New Jersey as a whole,” Chiera said. “With our endorsement is a commitment from our members to work on Andy’s campaign and raise our collective voices to call for fairness.”

Republicans have targeted Kim, but have not yet settled on a candidate.

The front-runner was Kate Gibbs, a labor leader and former Burlington County freeholder director, but the race changed last week when former Hill International CEO David Richter dropped his congressional bid in the 2nd and switched to the third.

Barnegat mayor John Novak and former Hainesport mayor Tony Porto are also seeking the GOP nomination.

Kim has been accruing union endorsements.  He recently won the backing of the Ironworkers Local 399, UA Local 322, Plumbers, Pipefitters and HVAC Service Technicians, Teamsters Joint Council 53 and Local 676, the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers of New Jersey, the Communication Workers of America Local 1036 and Local 1032, The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW).

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