Friday night in front of hundreds of grassroots supporters, Congressman Andy Kim launched his campaign against corruption and big money broken politics, and to bring change to the U.S. Senate, at Double Nickel Brewing Co. in Pennsauken Township. Local coverage of the event included:
“Standing on pallets at a brewery in South Jersey in front of about 250 supporters, Kim singled out indicted Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) as a symptom of the dysfunction and pitched himself as an effective and battle-tested leader who goes to Washington for public service, not personal gain.”
“I’ve shown that I can win tough races. I’m battle tested. I’ve won three of the toughest races in recent history in New Jersey,” Kim told reporters. Voters “don’t need to hear promises,” he added. “They want someone who is a workhorse, not a show horse — someone who’s gonna just get the job done. That’s what we’ve been trying to do.”
“It’s about caring for people, about public service,” Kim said. “The politics that we see in this country right now, it doesn’t have to be … this broken politics where you just have people who are putting their own personal ambition ahead of what’s good for this country. It’s just about being a decent human being.
“We know our power because we’ve done it before,” Kim said, citing the races he won against Republicans to win and retain his seat. “We are battle-tested.”
Recent polls showed that if Kim went up against Menendez and Tammy Murphy, voters would overwhelmingly vote for Kim. “Kim is a very promising candidate. He’s a very talented politician. He’s a good fundraiser. He’s good on policy,” Cassino said. “This will not be an open-and-shut fight.”
It’s not the first time Kim has come up against powerful candidates with heavy pockets, nor is it the first time he’s run in reaction to a lawmaker he felt was undermining New Jersey residents.
“It does not have to be this broken politics where you just have people who are putting their own personal ambition ahead of what is good for this country,” Kim told the crowd packed into Double Nickel House Brewing Company in Pennsauken. “If you feel something is wrong, if you see something that you do not like, you cannot just assume that someone else is going to fight your fight for you.”
“I am battle-tested,” he said. “Every single race I have run was against a self-funded multi-millionaire. I understand what it takes to get the message out (and) what it takes to win.”