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Two CWA unions endorse Andy Kim

By David Wildstein, January 27 2020 1:52 pm

Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton) has been endorsed by two local unions of the Communications Workers of America.

Local 1032 and Local 1036 announced today that they would back Kim for re-election to his second term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The endorsements come just as the Republican primary for the chance to take on Kim took a sharp turn.

Republican David Richter has ended his challenge against Democrat-turned-Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) and will now run in New Jersey’s 3rd district.

Labor leader Kate Gibbs, a former Burlington County freeholder, is already in the race to challenge Kim.  So are Barnegat mayor John Novak and former Hainesport mayor Tony Porto.

“Congressman Andy Kim is exactly what New Jersey needs in Congress, especially at this time, said CWA local 1036 president Adam Liebtag, “His foreign policy experience, level-headed and fact-based leadership, and sincere caring about working families are why we enthusiastically support him. Andy continues to work closely with our union members and neighbors here in the district. We know that Andy is driven to do the very best for middle-class working households on making health care more secure and affordable and other ‘kitchen table’ issues that matter to our membership.”

Patrick Kavanaugh, the president of CWA Local 1032, said the difference between Kim and the Republican he ousted in 2018, Tom MacArthur, “is like day and night.”

Andy has lead the charge to make prescription drugs more affordable for our members, and to protect our healthcare,” Kavanaugh said.  “Andy and his team are always responsive and always supportive of working families.”

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