Andy Kim Fails to Deliver for Joint Base MDL
MOUNT HOLLY, NJ — In 2018, candidate Andy Kim swore to voters he would not support Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House and then went back on his word in the very first vote he cast, handing Pelosi the Speaker’s gavel.
Kim’s defenders claimed the lie was acceptable because it landed him a seat on the coveted House Armed Services Committee. That seat, they argued, would enable Kim to advocate for Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. His first opportunity to prove his influence came this week as the Army selected a location for a new headquarters. Unfortunately, Kim once again failed. The new headquarters will be based in Kentucky.
“Andy Kim traded his vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker in return for a seat on the House Armed Services Committee — all so he could advocate for the Joint Base. But he couldn’t even do that right,” said Kim’s Republican challenger Kate Gibbs. “Kim delivered for Pelosi, but couldn’t deliver for his own district.”
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is the second largest employer in New Jersey. Being designated as the new Army headquarters would have brought hundreds of additional active duty soldiers to the Third District and would have boosted economic development in the communities surrounding the base.