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Tulsi Gabbard. Photo by Gage Skidmore

Tulsi Gabbard takes sides in NJ-3 with late endorsement for Bob Healey

Ex-Democratic congresswoman and presidential candidate calls Andy Kim a ‘rubber stamp’ for Democrats

By David Wildstein, November 06 2022 4:22 pm

Tulsi Gabbard, a former Democratic congresswoman from Hawaii and a 2020 presidential candidate, has endorsed Republican Bob Healey for Congress in New Jersey’s 3rd district, allowing the GOP to grab former colleague of incumbent Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) and a prominent leader of the Asian and Pacific Islander community.

“Bob Healey is a business owner, yoga instructor, and former punk rocker – but most importantly, he is stepping up to serve the people of New Jersey and be their champion in Washington,” Gabbard said.  “ I’m supporting Bob because he is committed to protecting our freedoms and upholding our Constitution, placing the wellbeing of the people of this country above all else.”

Gabbard didn’t just endorse Healey, but also whacked Kim, with whom she served for two years.

“Bob is a thoughtful, independent-minded person, and unlike his opponent, Bob will never be a rubber stamp for any political party or special interest,” she said.

Gabbard announced three weeks ago that she was leaving the Democratic Party.  Since then, she has endorsed a number of Republican candidates, including U.S. Senate candidate and former Verona resident Herschel Walker in Georgia and Rep. Lee Zeldin’s bid for governor of New York.

“Tulsi’s support shows our campaign is poised for victory because we have been listening to the voters and we represent the desperate change third district voters are looking for,” said Healey.  “I  believe our District is as anxious to see that change as I am,” said Healey.

Healey said that Gabbard’s support “makes an important statement that individuals from all sides of the political arena understand – that to change Congress we need to change who is in Congress, and that starts with retiring Andy Kim’s ‘party over the people’ representation.”

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