The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is endorsing Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown), giving the freshman Democrat a wide coalition of business and labor support as he seeks re-election to a second term in a Republican-leaning congressional seat in New Jersey’s 3rd district.
The nation’s largest pro-business group is the latest part of a coalition of organizations that had backed Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) in 2018 and have now flipped to Kim, including the New Jersey State Building & Construction Trades Council and the Laborers Union.
The Chamber of Commerce is put of the Republican base in congressional races. They spent $10.9 million in 2018, the second largest player after the a group associated with a Democratic leadership PAC.
“The Chamber endorses pro-business leaders in Congress and vigorously supports policies that advance economic growth, help create jobs, and promote fiscal responsibility,” U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas Donohue wrote to Kim in an endorsement letter. “Last year the House passed the USMCA, renewed the charter of the Export-Import Bank, reauthorized Terrorism Risk Insurance, and restored critical resources for highway funding.”
Kim’s pro-business record was “the driving factor in achieving this endorsement for 2020.”
“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities here in New Jersey and I’m proud to be recognized for my strong efforts to work for them,” said Kim. “With the dire challenges facing our small businesses, I am grateful that the Chamber of Commerce has endorsed the bipartisan work I have done in Congress to support business owners and workers, to strengthen our economy and markets, and to champion common sense solutions like infrastructure investments. Now more than ever we need to support innovation and hard work to pull our country out from these crises and rebuild American leadership.”
The South Jersey Democrat was awarded the chamber’s “Spirit of Enterprise Award.”
Kim faces businessman David Richter in the fall.