Former President Barack Obama has endorsed Andy Kim and Tom Malinowski for Congress in their bids to unseat GOP incumbents.
Kim served on Obama’s White House staff, while Malinowski was his Assistant U.S. Secretary of State.
The endorsements represent the former president’s first foray into New Jersey local, non-statewide politics since he backed Mayor Jerramiah Healy’s unsuccessful re-election bid against Steve Fulop in 2013.
Kim faces two-term Rep. Tom MacArthur in the 3rd district, while Malinowski is running in the 7th district against five-term Rep. Leonard Lance.
“I’m proud to endorse such a wide and impressive array of Democratic candidates – leaders as diverse, patriotic, and big-hearted as the America they’re running to represent,” Obama. “I’m confident that, together, they’ll strengthen this country we love by restoring opportunity that’s broadly shared, repairing our alliances and standing in the world, and upholding our fundamental commitment to justice, fairness, responsibility, and the rule of law. But first, they need our votes – and I’m eager to make the case for why Democratic candidates deserve our votes this fall.”
Democratic State Chairman John Currie pointed out the significance of the Obama endorsements.
“President Obama’s endorsements today are a true testament to the commitment Andy Kim and Tom Malinowski have for the future of New Jersey, as well as to the energy and enthusiasm they have each sparked in their respective districts. This is a well deserved acknowledgement for two candidates who are fighting for justice, equality, and opportunity as they push to help flip the house in November.”