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Democratic Rep. Andy Kim, Republican Bob Healey face off in NJ’s 3rd Congressional District

All eyes will be on New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District on Thursday as News 12 hosts a debate between Democratic Rep. Andy Kim and his Republican challenger Bob Healey.

News 12 Staff

Oct 26, 2022, 1:32 AM

Updated 634 days ago

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All eyes will be on New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District on Thursday as News 12 hosts a debate between Democratic Rep. Andy Kim and his Republican challenger Bob Healey.
Kim is seeking his third term in Congress.
“I make no promises to anyone down in [Washington] D.C. I vote how I think this district would benefit from,” says Kim.
The congressman spent Tuesday morning in Hamilton campaigning.
“I’m out here because I want to get to know this community,” Kim says.
Hamilton is new to the 3rd District this year. Kim also held an impromptu discussion with Hamilton High School West students outside the school.
“I’m a son of immigrants. I don’t come from a wealthy, politically connected family,” says Kim. “Yes, I'm a member of the Democratic Party, but once I'm in this job, I'm a public servant.”
Kim says if he's re-elected, he wants to help small businesses, lowering costs for New Jersey homeowners and keep jobs at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.
Hamilton is the definition of a swing town. There is an armed services memorial in Veterans Park. In last year's governor's race, the town split down the middle: 50% for Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, 49% for Republican Jack Ciattarelli.
“Hamilton is the beating heart of the new 3rd District,” says Healey. “I would tell you I'm probably different from any Republican candidate running this cycle.”
Healey spent Tuesday afternoon at the Gold Dawn Diner also campaigning.
“When we knock doors, Democrats, independents, Republicans, their concerns are the same: what are you going to do about the fact that eggs are up over 30%? And it's costing more than it has in two years to fill my car up,” Healey says.
Healey is the chairman of his family's boatbuilding business, Viking Yachts, and previously spent three years touring in a punk rock band.
“I've run a business. I've lived in Burlington County my entire life. And I am going down there to handle the issues you're concerned about,” he says.
He says this also includes crime, what children are learning in public schools and energy independence.
The debate between Kim and Healey will air Thursday at 2 p.m. and 11 p.m. and Friday and Sunday at 9 p.m. on News 12 New Jersey.


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