Republican Robert Healey Jr. raised over $ 507,000 for his bid to depose Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton) in New Jersey’s 3rd District, a hugely successful fundraiser for a first-time candidate.
Healey, a 38-year-old businessman, entered the Congressional race in November and pledged to raise $ 500,000 in the fourth quarter of 2021. He has $ 469,000 in cash.
“The Biden presidency has been a pathetic failure so far, and the last thing we need in Washington is one-party rule with a Democratic Congress that affirms the failed Biden-Pelosi agenda,” said Healey. “From inflation and taxes to skyrocketing energy prices, abolition of culture and anti-police rhetoric, the modern Democratic Party doesn’t look like the one my parents grew up with – or even I grew up with.
The new 3rd District, approved by the Congressional Redistricting Commission in December, is more democratic than the one Kim is now representing. It dropped the heavily republican Ocean County portion of the district, replacing it with Hamilton, Lawrence, East Windsor, and Hightstown in Mercer and parts of western Monmouth Counties.
Governor Phil Murphy, who lost the old district by more than 14 points when he was re-elected last year, won the new 3rd place with 50.7% of the vote.
Healey runs Ocean County-based Viking Yacht Company, a family-owned shipbuilding company that employs nearly 1,600 mostly manual workers and manufactures high quality, semi-custom fiberglass yachts.
He also directs the Healey International Relief Organization, which has spent millions providing health services, food, clean water, and educational programs in the war-torn African nation of Sierra Leone.
So far, Healey has only one opponent for the Republican nomination: Will Monk, a member of the Mount Holly school board.
Kim has become the Gottheimer of the South and by the end of September had almost $ 2.7 million in his account. He hasn’t released his fourth quarter fundraising numbers yet.
Kim, a former White House National Security Council employee in the Obama administration, defeated two-time MP Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) by 3,973 votes, 50% to 49%, in the House’s closest race in the state.
By the end of 2017, Kim had raised $ 355,500 and had $ 216,223 in the bank.
In 2020, he defeated former Hill International CEO David Richter by 33,513 votes, 53% -45%.