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Kinn Badger, right, with Assembly Agriculture Committee Chairman Eric Houghtaling. (Photo: Facebook).

Badger will play statewide role on Murphy re-election bid

Gopal inner circle member will be AAPI campaign director

By David Wildstein, July 18 2021 3:54 pm

A top strategist to Senate Majority Conference Leader Vin Gopal has been picked to lead Asian American and Pacific Islander outreach for Gov. Phil Murphy’s re-election campaign.

Kinn Badger will be tasked with helping Murphy and Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver win votes from one of New Jersey’s fastest-growing minority populations.

A consultant and campaign aide to Gopal, Badger has served as executive director of the Monmouth County Democratic Party.  She ran the re-election campaign of 11th district legislators Eric Houghtaling (D-Neptune) and Joann Downey (D-Freehold) in 2019 and the special election for Rupande Mehta for State Senate in the 25th district in 2020.

Badger worked as a field organizer for the Florida Democratic Party and as Jon Ossoff youth vote organizer in a 2017 Georgia special House election. Ossoff is now the senior U.S. Senator from Georgia.

“Kinn has been one of my closest advisors and friends. Her work ethic and follow through is among the best of any team member I have ever had. She has accomplished so much in Monmouth County – as Executive Director of the party here and as a campaign manager and advisor for numerous candidates,” Gopal said.  “This role for her as a statewide director for the Governor’s re-election campaign is a natural step in her career as she will be a star now statewide.”

Gopal is the only South Asian American to serve in the New Jersey State Senate, and one of three currently serving in the legislature.  The number of Asian Americans is expected to increase by at least two – and possibly three – after the upcoming general election.

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