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State Sen. Dawn Addiego, right, with former Burlington County Freeholder Kate Gibbs

Addiego won’t rule out challenge to Kim

By Nikita Biryukov, January 28 2019 3:11 pm

State Sen. Dawn Addiego wouldn’t rule out a 2020 run to unseat Rep. Andy Kim on Monday.

“I’m keeping my options open,” she told the New Jersey Globe.

Kim defeated former Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur by fewer than 4,000 votes in 2018, and the district will likely be at the top of Republicans’ list of target districts.

Addiego’s legislative district is made up almost entirely of Municipalities in Burlington County, where Kim racked up his winning margin. The only exception is Hammonton, a town of roughly 15,000 which falls in Atlantic County.

Her being known there could help her against the freshman rep, though her own victory margins have decreased over time. In 2013, Addiego beat Democratic challenger Javier Vasquez by 27 points.

In 2017, that margin shrank considerably. Though she still beat George Youngkin, who successfully ran for then resigned from the Burlington Board of Chosen Freeholders in 2018, Addiego finished only four points ahead of the Democrat.

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