TRENTON, NJ (WPVI) — Incumbent Democrat Andy Kim defeated his GOP challenger and won a third term in Congress.
Kim won in the newly drawn 3rd District in southern and central New Jersey, which includes more Democratic voters than the previous district boundaries.
Kim’s victory over Bob Healey, a yacht builder executive in southern New Jersey, bolsters Democrats in a year they’ve faced serious headwinds, including inflation and falling ratings. endorsement of Democratic President Joe Biden.
Kim made headlines the day after the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising on Capitol Hill when co-workers and others found him helping clean up the mess around the building.
He was among a string of incumbents who won re-election to New Jersey House seats on Tuesday night, in a ballot that also saw Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Menendez’s son elected to Congress.
Republican Christopher Smith won a 22nd term in the 4th District, which stretches from the central Jersey Shore to the capital area of Trenton.
Democrat Robert Menendez won in the 8th District, which includes parts of Newark, Jersey City and Elizabeth. The headquarters was opened by the retirement of representative Albio Sires.
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The younger Menendez is an attorney in private practice and serves as a commissioner with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the region’s airports, ports and tunnels. He beat Republican Marcos Arroyo and five others in the district.
Democrat Frank Pallone Jr. won a 19th term in the 6th District which includes parts of the Jersey Shore and Middlesex County.
Democrat Donald Norcross won re-election in Southwestern New Jersey’s 1st District, and Democrat Donald Payne Jr won a seventh term in the 10th District, which includes parts of Essex, Hudson and New Jersey counties. Union, and includes the cities of Newark and Orange.
Democrat Bill Pascrell won another term in the 9th District, which includes his hometown of Paterson.
The Democrats were defending 10 seats against the two Republicans in the first election since congressional districts were redrawn after the 2020 census.
The GOP was optimistic about its ability to win in the newly drawn 7th District, where incumbent Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski faces a rematch against former Republican Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. The district drew more Republican voters after its northwest boundaries were redrawn.
Malinowski, who is seeking his third term, narrowly beat Kean, a former state legislator and son of former Republican Gov. Tom Kean Sr., in 2020. Malinowski won the election for the first time by beating Rep. incumbent Republican Leonard Lance in 2018.
The race is among the most closely watched in New Jersey, which has no statewide contest or ballot questions this year.
Malinowski called Kean too dependent on the support of voters loyal to former President Donald Trump to represent the district, which has reliably shifted from GOP to Democratic control during his years in the White House. Kean has seized on inflation as a major issue and hammers House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whom he bets is unpopular with voters.
Malinowski is a former Obama administration official and supported Trump’s impeachment as well as the $1 trillion infrastructure bill that Democratic President Joe Biden signed a year ago.
Kean was the top Republican in the state Senate from 2008 to this year after declining to run for office again in last year’s election.
Democratic incumbents Mikie Sherrill in the 11th district in the northern part of the state and Kim in the 3rd district in southern and central New Jersey won first-term elections with Malinowski in 2018. However, their districts are became more democratic when the borders were redrawn. Democrats who controlled the redistricting process.
The redistricting commission met months after reports that Malinowski had bought and sold stocks with a stake in the country’s COVID-19 response. There is no indication that Malinowski acted on the basis of inside information in making his investment decisions and said he did not direct his broker to make any particular trades.
Sherrill takes on Republican challenger Paul DeGroot, who worked as a prosecutor in Passaic County, with a candidate from the Libertarian Party.
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