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Congressman Andy Kim Celebrates Announcement of Metropolitan Baptist Church’s New Community Initiatives in Newark

Newark, NJ — Today, Congressman Kim joined Reverend Dr. David Jefferson, Senator Cory Booker, and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka at Newark’s Metropolitan Baptist Church to celebrate the announcement of their new community initiatives which will include opening a daycare center, health clinic, workforce building and training area, and a sanctuary to be used as a family community center.

Photos Courtesy Of Katey Sabo NJ Press Secretary Andy Kim for New Jersey

“It was an incredible morning in Newark and I want to thank Metropolitan Baptist Church and Reverend Jefferson for inviting me to attend and participate in their Sunday morning service as we celebrated the announcement of their new initiatives to help their community,” said Congressman Andy Kim. “The reason I actually stepped up to run for Congress in 2017 was to protect Obamacare because healthcare should be accessible for all, not only to the select few who can afford skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs. These new services and opportunities will help so many in the Newark community, and I congratulate Metropolitan Baptist Church for making this life-saving help a reality.”

In Congress, Kim worked to introduce and help pass the Capping Drug Costs(1) for Seniors Act, which creates an annual cap of $2,000 for out-of-pocket costs on prescription drugs under Medicare Part D. Kim also voted to pass the Inflation Reduction Act which ensures that people with Medicare pay no more than $35 per month for insulin, and lowers the cost of key prescription drugs by allowing Medicare to negotiate directly with pharmaceutical companies on certain treatments.

First elected to Congress in 2018 at the age of 36, three-term Congressman Andy Kim is one of the younger members to serve in Congress and is the first Asian American elected to federal office from New Jersey. If elected to the Senate, Andy would be the 4th youngest Senator, and the first Asian American elected to the Senate from the entire east coast of America. In 2018 and 2020, Andy defeated two self-funding millionaires in a district carried by former President Trump, and in 2022 Kim defeated his third self-funding millionaire opponent by 12 points. 

As a son of immigrants, a graduate from New Jersey public schools, and a young dad, Andy represents a new generation of leadership in the Democratic Party and is committed to making sure all voices are heard when making decisions. He, and his wife Kammy, are raising two troublemaking boys down the road from where he grew up.





(1) “The Capping Drug Costs”는 의약품 비용의 한도를 설정하는 것을 의미합니다. 이는 의료비 부담을 줄이고 환자들이 비용 부담을 덜 느끼도록 하는 정책이나 제도를 가리킵니다.

February 26, 2024

Andy Kim Leads Effort to Provide a Fair Ballot Through Injunctive Relief 

MOORESTOWN N.J. – Today, Congressman Andy Kim and Congressional candidates Carolyn Rush (NJ-02) and Sarah Schoengood (NJ-03) filed for emergency injunctive relief in the U.S. District Court in the District of New Jersey to prohibit the use of county-line ballots statewide and give all voters a fair and legitimate choice in the 2024 primary election through office-block ballots. This action comes after Kim previously called for the abolishment of the “county-line” prior to announcing his run for U.S. Senate, signed the Fair Ballot Alliance pledge, and wrote to county clerks and Democratic Party chairs on February 8th to request a fair, office-block ballot.

In the filing, which can be found by clicking here, the Plaintiffs ask the Court to, “hold that New Jersey’s outlier party column style ballots, and its unique attendant features, are unconstitutional and cannot be used in the upcoming Primary Election and future ones, and to order the use a ballot that meets constitutional requirements, such as an office-block style ballot in use in 49 states in the nation and already in use in two counties in New Jersey.”

“New Jersey voters don’t want to be told who to vote for,” said Congressman Andy Kim. “Jersey voters are tired of the broken politics that lets party leaders give their hand-picked candidates preferential placement on the ballot. This unfair process needs to end now. The people deserve a ballot like what every other state uses that is fair, democratic, and allows their voices to be the ones that determine who represents them.” 

“When NJ’s County Committees get together ahead of primaries to decide who they want to win, then arrange their preferred candidates on the “county line”, they create an unfair advantage for their preferred candidates”, said Carolyn Rush. “When voters look at the ballot, they often just vote for everyone whose name is on the county line. Sadly, the County Committee does not always pick the most qualified candidates.  They sometimes pick the candidates with the most money or the most influential family and friends.  Good candidates, and their supporters, are frequently overlooked due to the constitutional violation known as the “county line”!  It’s long past time to abolish the County Line in NJ.”

“The New Jersey county line system is inherently unjust and biased,” said Sarah Schoengood. “It is a tiered system that is unfairly advantageous to the candidate preferred by the party bosses. New Jersey is the only state in the union that follows this undemocratic primary process. The decision of who wins a primary should be made by the voters at the ballot box, not party chairs and backroom deals.”

“The Constitution may not demand a perfect election, but it demands a fair one. New Jersey laws on primary elections are not remotely fair and should be unacceptable to anyone who wants those taxpayer-funded elections to be free of bias or discrimination,” said Brett M. Pugach, Esq., an attorney with Weissman & Mintz LLC who is part of the legal team bringing this case.

“Only a science denier could reject the overwhelming quantitative and qualitative evidence that the antidemocratic effects of the county line are real, that it invites voter confusion and unduly influence voters, and leaves our democratic system susceptible to justifiably being called into question as to the legitimacy and result of the election, thereby destroying voter confidence in government, their elected representatives, and this and future elections,”  added Yael Bromberg, Esq. of Bromberg Law LLC

Another attorney, Flavio L. Komuves, Esq. of Weissman & Mintz LLC emphasized: “We are helping our clients speak the truth about what is plain to see, and what everyone knows: the county line is deeply unjust. Candidates know this. Voters know this. Officeholders and party elites know this. And our rigorous expert proofs establish it. Voters perceive the system as unfair, which makes sense, as their conclusions are supported by the data. And we can do something about it ahead of the 2024 primary.” 

Key points made in the injunction for why the current “county line” system represents an immediate and urgent harm to the democratic process in New Jersey include: 

New Jersey’s “county-line system” directly impacts New Jersey voters

● “In addition to injuring the electoral chances of unbracketed and off-line candidates, New

Jersey’s ballot design system also injures the voters who support such candidates, burdening their voting rights and their associational rights, making it more difficult to elect the candidates they prefer. It also burdens voters at large through the creation of a confusing, manipulated ballot design that taints the outcome of the elections, as it puts the State’s thumb on the scale in favor of county line candidates and certain bracketed candidates who receive a state-conferred ballot advantage.” 

The “county-line” system presents an unfair advantage to chosen candidates

● New Jersey is an outlier that “fails to treat similarly situated candidates – candidates pursuing the same office in the same political party – the same.” 

● “Off-line” and unbracketed candidates are harder to find on the ballot, harder to know

who they are running against and/or for what office, and appear less legitimate.

● Ballot position, design and display are extremely important and are shown to impact the outcome of elections in academic studies.

● “New Jersey’s bracketing and ballot placement system directly and substantially injure Plaintiff’s First and Fourteenth Amendment rights.” 

● “No state interest in New Jersey’s bracketing and ballot placement system can justify the burdens it places on Plaintiff’s rights.” 

● New Jersey’s system of primary election ballot design results from combination of state

laws and interpreting case law, as well as practices that confer specific advantages on candidates who have received an endorsement from county party leadership including:

○ association with a full or almost-full slate who are disproportionately incumbents that give visual cue advantages and nudges voters toward selecting these “county line” candidates; and

○ Preferential ballot draw including an opportunity to obtain the first ballot position

There is an urgent need for action now

● As county endorsements are underway, “These endorsements are exactly that – a decision to grant a slogan or endorsement on the ballot. It is unconstitutional for New Jersey’s laws to be applied in such a manner that unconstitutionally entangles this party endorsement with a state-sponsored ballot and electoral advantage and government thumb on the scale that systematically advantages some and disadvantages others, sometimes even with potentially outcome-determinative results.” 

● Partisan primary elections occur annually in New Jersey and will continue alongside the unconstitutional ballot design laws and practices outlined.

A fairer system still means a strong Democratic Party

● “Plaintiffs do not seek to disrupt the conduct of parties in their right to endorse the standard-bearer of their choice, or their right to contribute and pool resources to support that candidate in the primary or general election.” 

February 25, 2024

Congressman Andy Kim Wins Hunterdon County Convention, Winning First Three Open Conventions in NJ Senate Primary

FLEMINGTON N.J. – Today, Congressman Andy Kim delivered yet another massive win in his bid to be the next U.S. Senator from New Jersey, this time at the Hunterdon County Convention. Despite a failed attempt from the County Party Chair to change the threshold for county line qualification via procedural motion, Andy won with 62 percent of the vote, 120 to 64 over First Lady Tammy Murphy after delegates voted via paper ballot between all Democratic primary candidates declared for U.S. Senate. 

This win, along with victories in Monmouth and Burlington Counties, gives Kim three victories in the first three conventions in which delegates vote in a secret ballot, and comes on the same day that the National Organization for Women (NOW) PAC announced their endorsement. He now looks to continue this momentum through the rest of the convention cycle with Warren, Sussex, and Bergen Counties up next in early March.

“Today’s result is further proof of the grassroots power we have across the entire state and highlights what is possible when voters are given the opportunity to freely vote their conscience,” said Congressman Andy Kim. “I am honored to have earned Hunterdon County’s support today as I continue to fight to restore integrity to our politics, and I look forward to continuing to run this campaign in every county and at every convention. Regardless of continued victories across the state, I stand by my call for every county to use an office block ballot design so that the voters can have a fair, equitable choice this June.”

First elected to Congress in 2018 at the age of 36, three-term Congressman Andy Kim is one of the younger members to serve in Congress and is the first Asian American elected to federal office from New Jersey. If elected to the Senate, Andy would be the 4th youngest Senator, the first senator from South Jersey in recent memory, and the first Asian American elected to the Senate from the entire east coast of America. In 2018 and 2020, Andy defeated two self-funding millionaires in a district carried by former President Trump, and in 2022 Kim defeated his third self-funding millionaire opponent by 12 points. 

In his three terms in Congress, Andy has worked hard to lower costs for New Jersey families and help support small businesses through challenging times. Andy has also been a leading champion in fighting against corruption in our broken politics.

February 18, 2024

Kim Keeps Campaign Momentum Going with Decisive Victory in First Debate Against Tammy Murphy

MOORESTOWN N.J. – Tonight, Congressman Kim demonstrated why he has a double-digit lead in the latest public poll with an overwhelming victory over First Lady Tammy Murphy in the first debate of the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate from New Jersey. The debate, which was held virtually and hosted by New Jersey Globe, On New Jersey, and the Rebovich Institute of New Jersey Politics at Rider University, showed Kim as the best advocate for New Jersey’s working families and the best voice in the Senate to tackle myriad global challenges. Congressman Kim now looks to continue this momentum at the next round of county conventions happening in Hunterdon County and his home of Burlington County later this month.  

“Tonight, New Jersey voters saw two very different candidates running two very different campaigns,” said Congressman Andy Kim. “I’m running a grassroots-powered campaign because I’m running to represent working people who are doing everything they can to get by. These are people I grew up with here in New Jersey; they’re people who are tired of being told who to vote for by elite party bosses, and they’re people who are tired of politicians, not public servants, who put their own interests before the people’s. There’s so much at stake in this election; we can’t get it wrong. We have to hold this Senate seat, defeat Donald Trump, and make sure we protect our democracy and essential rights. I know I’m the best candidate to do that and I look forward to continue making my case directly to New Jersey voters.”

Here’s what happened tonight: 

Andy Kim Opening Statement: https://x.com/TeamAndyHQ/status/1759387309303079003?s=20

“It’s about restoring integrity. It’s about trust. It’s about public service. But that gets at risk when we have a Senator who is indicted on corruption and now we’re seeing the same broken politics that protected the Senator for so many years now trying to put its thumb on the scale of our elections, including this Senate race. We’re better than that…I believe the Democratic party is a party of protecting Democracy, about restoring integrity, about giving true meaning to what public service is. And that is what I am trying to do right now as I’m running for the United States Senate.”

Tammy Murphy on where she stands on New Jersey’s “County Line”: https://x.com/TeamAndyHQ/status/1759393642874065291?s=20

“We are all working within the same system and if there are improvements to be made, then let’s have the improvement.”

Tammy Murphy on being a registered Republican until 2014: https://x.com/TeamAndyHQ/status/1759395239897317877?s=20

“With respect to the Republican Party…the Republican party left me…there was no road left.”

Andy Kim to Tammy Murphy on her Republican history: https://x.com/TeamAndyHQ/status/1759401267086979099?s=20

Rep. Kim: “I guess my question to you is, if the current Republican party has left you, what form of the past Republican party are you okay with?

Tammy: “I would reiterate what I’ve been doing…I’ve been a Democrat for 10 years.”

Andy Kim on fighting big money in politics and not taking corporate PAC money: https://x.com/TeamAndyHQ/status/1759410911649915167?s=20

“For seven years I’ve not taken a dime of corporate PAC money, whereas the First Lady just in her first few weeks has already taken corporate PAC money in her first campaign.”

Andy Kim Closing Statement: https://x.com/TeamAndyHQ/status/1759415026421543344?s=20

“I believe that the opposite of democracy is apathy. We cannot give in to the helplessness and that feeling of apathy. We have to fight and stay engaged. So that question is; what motivates us? What pushes us to do that? I call that our north star. For me, you heard me, what my north star is. My north star are my kids. I will fight and do everything possible for my kids. I ask you all to think about your north star. What is it that you think about the moment you wake up? What is the last thing you worry about at the end of the day? Let us fight for that. Have that be what’s in your mind when you think about who to vote for. I hope I can earn your support. And I humbly ask to earn your vote to be the next Senator from New Jersey.

February 16, 2024

Congressman Andy Kim to Hold Post-Debate Virtual Media Availability Sunday, February 18

Moorestown, N.J. – On Sunday, February 18, Congressman Andy Kim will hold a virtual press availability immediately following the first New Jersey Senate debate of the cycle. This debate, which will take place at 8pm, will include both Congressman Andy Kim and First Lady Tammy Murphy and will be hosted by New Jersey Globe, On New Jersey, and the Rebovich Institute of New Jersey Politics at Rider University and will be streamed on the New Jersey Globe, On New Jersey, Facebook Live, X (formerly Twitter), and YouTube.

What: Media availability with Congressman Andy Kim

Where: Zoom (Zoom link will be sent out prior to Sunday’s debate)

When: 9:35 pm – 10:05 pm EST

To RSVP, please reply to this email, or email Katey@andykim.com

*No one will be permitted entry to the Zoom without RSVPing. 

*Attendance guidelines will be strictly enforced and sent out earlier in the day along with the link. 

Congressman Andy Kim is a three-term Member of Congress first elected in 2018 to represent his hometown district and is the first Asian American elected to federal office from New Jersey. In 2018 and 2020, Andy defeated two self-funding millionaires in a district carried by former President Trump, and in 2022 Kim defeated his third self-funding millionaire opponent by 12 points. If elected to the Senate, he would be the first Senator from South Jersey in recent memory. In Congress, Andy has worked hard to lower costs for New Jersey families and help support small businesses through challenging times, including helping with the rebuilding process after Super Storm Sandy. Andy has also been a leading champion in fighting against corruption in our broken politics.

February 15, 2024

Congressman Andy Kim Announces Endorsements from Burlington County Democratic Leaders Ahead of County Convention

MOORESTOWN N.J. –  Today, Congressman Andy Kim continued his momentum from Saturday’s win at the Monmouth County Convention by announcing critical endorsements from key Democratic leaders in Burlington County. The endorsements from leaders representing the Congressman’s home county put him on a path to win the second open county convention, to be held on Saturday, February 24th. 

Congressman Kim has been endorsed by the following:

  • Troy Singleton, Senator, LD7
  • Felicia Hopson, Director, Burlington County Board of Commissioners
  • Daniel O’Connell, Deputy Director, Burlington County Board of Commissioners
  • Allison Eckel, Burlington County Board of Commissioners
  • Tom Pullion, Burlington County Board of Commissioners
  • Balvir Singh, Burlington County Board of Commissioners
  • Kaya McIntosh, Mayor, Willingboro Township
  • Dr. Tiffany Worthy, Councilwoman, Willingboro Township
  • Martin Nock, Municipal Chair, Willingboro Democratic Committee
  • Pete Green, Mayor, Burlington Township
  • Jaclyn Veasy, Mayor, Evesham Township
  • Heather Cooper, Councilwoman, Evesham Township
  • Chris Banks, Mayor, Mt. Holly
  • Casey Carty, Municipal Chair, Mt. Holly
  • Randy Miller, Mayor, Beverly
  • Terrance Benson, Mayor, Lumberton
  • Karen Cohen, Councilwoman, Mt. Laurel
  • Kristan Marter, Mayor, Florence Township
  • Kevin Johnson, Mayor, Edgewater Park
  • Jim Quinn, Mayor, Riverton Borough
  • Riverton Democratic Club
  • Hainesport Democratic Club
  • Evesham Township Democratic Party
  • Moorestown Democratic Committee
  • Florence Democratic Committee 

“Burlington County is home to me in every sense of the word,” said Congressman Andy Kim. “It is where I grew up, where my wife and I chose to raise our children, currently living just a few minutes from my childhood home, and is a county that I have been so fortunate to represent since I first joined Congress in 2019. I am truly humbled by the outpouring of support I have received from Burlington, as these leaders and organizations have been working side-by-side with me since day one in Congress and are examples of what true partnership can look like when we come together to work on behalf of the people, not the powerful few. I have a lifetime of memories from Burlington County and I am so thankful to them for having my back as we look towards the convention and June 4th.”

“I am very proud that Andy represents us in Congress, and he has always shown up consistently for Mount Holly and our district as a whole,” said Mount Holly Municipal Chair Casey Carty. “On a personal level, as a mother with a son who has special needs, it is very important to me that we have representatives who can speak for those without a voice and Andy has so graciously carried that torch in Congress and so, on a larger federal level, I know he will be able to be the voice my son and so many others need.”

 “As a Burlington County Commissioner I’ve had a front-row seat to see what a great public servant Congressman Kim is,” said Burlington County Board of Commissioners Deputy Director Daniel J. O’Connell. “From holding town hall meetings across the entire district to addressing issues and matters of concern to our residents, he has been a model of public service. I am proud to support him in his race for U.S. Senate and will be glad to help him in any way to see that happen.”

“Andy Kim has been a stalwart partner for our community, and his commitment to public service has extended well past his voting record – it has been exemplified in his work on behalf of our residents and businesses since he took office in 2019,” said Evesham Mayor Jaclyn Veasy.

I support Congressman Kim’s agenda and the work he has done with veterans and seniors. I look forward to future service in our community,” said Edgewater Park Mayor Kevin Johnson. “Congressman Kim is an honest man with integrity that I am proud to support.”

Congressman Andy Kim is a three-term Member of Congress first elected in 2018 to represent his hometown district, and is the first Asian American elected to federal office from New Jersey. In 2018 and 2020, Andy defeated two self-funding millionaires in a district carried by former President Trump, and in 2022 Kim defeated his third self-funding millionaire opponent by 12 points. If elected to the Senate, he would be the first Senator from South Jersey in recent memory.

In Congress, Andy has worked hard to lower costs for New Jersey families and help support small businesses through challenging times, including helping with the rebuilding process after Super Storm Sandy. Andy has also been a leading champion in fighting against corruption in our broken politics.

February 13, 2024

ICYMI – New Jersey Monitor: How New Jersey’s line disempowers Asian Americans

MOORESTOWN N.J. – Today, Board Members of the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders of New Jersey, staff from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Director of Policy & Advocacy at APIA Vote published an op-ed in the New Jersey Monitor highlighting how New Jersey’s undemocratic “county line” system “disempowers Asian Americans.” 

The full piece, which can be read here, shows how a ballot system used in 19 of New Jersey’s 21 counties puts decisions of preferential ballot placement mostly in the hands, “of unelected party leaders.” They go on to say that the system confers, “an average advantage of 38 percentage points, “the county line” pushes primary candidates not favored by the party to more distant, less populated rows or columns on the ballot, giving otherwise competitive and viable candidates a dubious appearance that is difficult to overcome.” 

“AAPI candidates and other candidates of color are too often looked over or told to wait their turn by the political elite; it’s happening to too many in New Jersey because of an undemocratic political system that needs to change,” said Congressman Andy Kim. “Our communities, our state, our country, and our Democratic Party need more AAPI candidates, not less, and we should be doing everything we can to encourage and support those that have the courage to step up. That starts by restoring power to the voters instead of the wealthy and well-connected.”

“There are over 1.1 million AAPIs in New Jersey — the fastest growing demographic,” the authors state, “but how many potential elected leaders are there who could make a difference for our communities, but are never allowed the chance?”

Congressman Kim has been a leader in working to fix New Jersey’s broken and corrupt electoral system, calling on the abolishing of the “county line” and leading an effort with other candidates running for Senate to ask county clerks and Democratic Party Chairs to use the same ballot two New Jersey counties and 49 other states use that would provide fairer opportunities for all candidates seeking office.

February 12, 2024

ICYMI: Congressman Kim’s Big Weekend Win in Monmouth County As Seen by New Jersey Voters

MOORESTOWN N.J. – Following a massive win on Saturday by Congressman Andy Kim at the Monmouth County Democratic Convention, New Jersey Democratic voters woke up to headlines pointing to the Congressman’s remarkable grassroots momentum, and the real challenges the First Lady, who lost in her home county, faces in connecting with voters. A collection of those headlines and key quotes about Congressman Kim’s 265-181 win over First Lady Tammy Murphy can be found below. 

NY Times: Andy Kim Wins a Vote Rich in Symbolism in Race to Replace Menendez

“We’re the people who knock on the doors,” said Liz deBeer, 61, a retired public-school teacher and vice chairwoman of the Democratic organization in her town, Fair Haven. “We’re the people who are writing the postcards, holding the fund-raisers.” Her vote for Mr. Kim, she said, hinged on his national security expertise and his proven record of winning races against well-funded opponents, in a district that is not typically friendly to Democrats. She also said she was fundamentally opposed to the party boss system and its role in helping to give Ms. Murphy an early edge in the race. “At the end of the day, I ask myself: ‘Who is the more qualified candidate for this position at this time?’ “The answer is Andy Kim.”

NJ Globe: Kim beats Murphy at Monmouth Democratic convention

Kim’s resounding win may go a long way towards proving to New Jersey’s Democratic leadership that he is, in fact, a highly viable contender against Murphy, whose marriage to New Jersey’s most powerful Democrat made her a formidable candidate from the day she entered the race. “This is what we’re feeling all over the state,” Kim said shortly after the results were announced. “It’s good to see it actually in numbers here. What we’re seeing here in Monmouth County, the energy that we see in this room, we’re seeing in 20 other counties across the state. We’re fired up, and we’re ready to get to June 4th.”

NJ Globe: Nine takeaways on Andy Kim’s big Monmouth convention win

People who told the Murphy campaign they would be with them were not; despite the landslide, a roll call vote might have produced a different outcome.  Secret ballots benefit Kim, whose big win came even after Gov. Phil Murphy made dozens of phone calls to county committee members seeking votes for his wife.

Star-Ledger: Kim nabs big early win over Tammy Murphy in N.J.’s heated Senate primary for Menendez seat

Saturday’s outcome in Monmouth gives some momentum to Kim, who has painted his campaign as a grassroots-styled attempt to overcome the state’s history of machine politics.

NJ Monitor: Key vote in U.S. Senate race should lead Dem insiders to revisit their coronation plans

An early test of where the enthusiasm is in this year’s U.S. Senate race was Saturday, and the first lady flopped…This is home turf for Murphy, who lives on an estate a few miles away with her husband, Gov. Phil Murphy (perhaps you’ve heard of him). 

But Kim’s victory in Monmouth portends something dangerous for Murphy and for her party: party leaders largely back Murphy, but rank-and-file Democrats may prefer Kim. Dangerous for her because if there’s little genuine enthusiasm for Murphy, what happens when voters go to their polling places in June? Dangerous for her party because if Murphy wins June’s primary entirely because Dem insiders rig the game for her, what happens in November when the U.S. Senate race has a Democrat people don’t want to vote for?

Politico New Jersey: Andy Kim sinks first lady Tammy Murphy in NJ Senate race’s first Democratic convention

The victory has both practical and symbolic purposes. It shows that Kim’s candidacy has momentum and that he can foster support from rank-and-file Democrats, which will be critical to counter Murphy’s institutional support from Democratic party leaders across the state. While on the stump before the convention vote, Kim received raucous applause compared to tepid cheers for Murphy.

Asbury Park Press: Here’s how Andy Kim pulled off upset of Tammy Murphy in Monmouth Democrats’ Senate vote

“If we can win by that big in the First Lady’s home county, I think we have a real good shot at blowing it out of the water all over New Jersey,” said Kim, whose 3rd Congressional District stretch through parts of Monmouth, Mercer and Burlington counties. Kim said after the vote, “I think this very clearly does is show that there is nothing inevitable about this race.”

Bergen Record: What’s next for Tammy Murphy’s Senate campaign after losing on her home turf? 

But Saturday’s victory calls into question whether the top-down management of those big Democratic counties can wield enough power to avert Kim’s insurgency. A first-time candidate for office, Murphy, they argued, benefited from the enormous power at her husband’s disposal ― the ability to shut down appointments, patronage, funding and legislation that many of the county leaders covet. Several also are lobbyists whose firms have business before the state government.

The governor’s power provided an unspoken incentive for many county bosses to throw their support to his wife. That hasn’t sat well with the party’s rank and file who vote to award the line. But it was unclear how deep that discontent ran until Saturday, when Murphy failed to use her hometown bona fides and contacts to assuage the anger. “She used to be a Republican,’’ said Margaret Beekman, a committee member from Freehold Township. “I don’t know if I can trust her.”

NJ Insider: Kim Wins Monmouth

Kim has positioned himself from the beginning as the progressive good guy in the contest, unwilling to do the bidding of the bosses.  His toppling today of Tammy Murphy signified a shocking result for the governor’s allies who expected to smack Kim around with organizational heft at the First Lady’s back. The defeat immediately rang the political doorbells as far away as Hudson.

One insider said, “Any Andy Kim victory against Tammy Murphy emboldens the off-line, progressive movement elsewhere.  It’s fairly traumatic to the system when, under these conditions, a sitting two term Democratic Governor’s wife is defeated.” One insider offered the following: “I think it definitely gives credence to Kim’s narrative. What it certainly does is solidify the hardening narrative that Tammy Murphy is just an underwhelming candidate.”

NJ Insider: Chaos in Murphy World

The main criticism of the first lady is that she represents a special interest herself – a candidacy based on the political power and influence of her husband, the governor. The Murphys were already gone when Kim spoke to reporters. “We’re the campaign that has the momentum. We’re the campaign that has the energy,” he said. On this day, no one was going to disagree.

Gothamist: Rep. Andy Kim trounces NJ first lady Tammy Murphy in key contest to replace Menendez

A recent poll showed Kim had a double-digit lead over Murphy, but Saturday’s convention was the first actual vote to take place. Kim’s campaign had several dozen supporters outside the convention, who were holding signs and chanting as committee members waited in line to enter the building.

TAPinto Asbury Park: Congressman Andy Kim Secures Monmouth County Democratic Organization Line for U.S. Senate Bid

This gathering marked the first instance in New Jersey where Democrats assembled to demonstrate support for either of the two primary candidates using private voting booths, emphasizing the significance of this occasion. With the Democratic and Republican primaries scheduled for June 4th, Congressman Kim’s victory sets the stage for an intriguing showdown in the Democratic race for the U.S. Senate seat. As the campaign intensifies, attention will be on Monmouth County, where Congressman Kim’s endorsement signals a significant milestone in his quest for higher office

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