Kate Gibbs, the first major millennial candidate for a New Jersey congressional seat, has picked up the endorsements of the state Young Republican leadership and the chairman of the Burlington County Young Republicans.
“It’s difficult enough to run for public office, it gets even harder if you’re a woman, and the younger you are the longer the odds,” YR state chairman Joe Sarno, national committee members Al Davis and Vicki Chadwick, treasurer JD Bryden and Burlington YR chairman Stephen Parrey said in a statement.
Gibbs, a 34-year-old labor leader and former Burlington County freeholder director, is challenging freshman Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton) in New Jersey’s 3rd district.
She looked to be the likely candidate until last week, when David Richter dropped his primary challenge to Democrat-turned-Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) and announced he was running against Kim.
“Do not succumb to bullying and feel pressure to quit because your opponents think their age entitles them to your fealty- elections are held for a reason, and merit is not based on age or gender, but on ideas and work ethic,” the YR statement said. “Being older than your opposition is not a ‘cheat code’ to winning elections, nor should it be, and if candidates feel slighted for being forced out of their OWN races, they should not turn around and try to force candidates like Kate out of hers.