Kim Raises $1.8 Million for 2020 Campaign

By Rick Mellerup | Oct 16, 2019
File Photo by: Ryan Morrill

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Andy Kim’s campaign announced on Tuesday that he raised $575,000 in the third quarter of 2019 for his 2020 re-election campaign.

“Kim,” said spokesman Anthony DeAngelo, “has brought in more than $1.8 million during this election cycle, more than any candidate from New Jersey’s 3rd District has up to this point in their term.”

Most of Kim’s money has come from small contributors. He has refused to take money from corporate political action committees. His campaign reports 91 percent of his individual donations were $100 or less.

“This isn’t a campaign fueled by corporate special interests,” said Kim. “It’s one that started as a humble effort to give people their voices back in Washington, and I’m proud to see such enthusiastic support for the work we’re doing. I promised to bring a new kind of politics to Burlington and Ocean counties, and I’ve been proud to bring Democrats and Republicans together to make an impact in people’s lives. That’s what I’m focused on, and that’s why we’re primed to win in 2020.”

The Democrat freshman, whose district includes half of Stafford Township and all of Barnegat Township, can use every bit of financial support he can get. He’s a prime GOP political target, considering President Donald Trump won his district pretty big – 51 to 45 percent – in 2016. Toss in the fact that he squeaked by incumbent Republican Tom MacArthur in 2018, winning by just 3,973 votes, and it is easy to see why Republicans are thinking Kim is vulnerable.

On the other hand, Barack Obama twice carried the 3rd District, which encompasses most of Burlington County and large parts of Ocean County. And no Republican has yet officially filed to run for the seat.

Whatever Republican emerges to challenge Kim will be at a significant financial disadvantage at the start of the race. Unless, of course, that candidate is a millionaire, as MacArthur was. —R.M.

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