NJ Election 2020: District 3

Democratic incumbent Andy Kim of Marlton is facing a tough re-election fight against wealthy Republican David Richter in the previously red 3rd District.

Richter, the former CEO of a global construction management company who now oversees an asset management firm, won a nasty primary over Kate Gibbs and had only a fraction of the funds on hand as of the last federal financial reports that Kim, who was unopposed in the primary, had. Kim had $3.5 million in the bank on June 30, 2020, compared to Richter’s $123,000.

Still, one of the three political rating websites considers the race a toss-up, while two others judge it as leaning Democratic.

The registered voter base in the district, which includes portions of Burlington and Ocean counties, skews just slightly Democratic (36%) over Republican (33%), with 29% unaffiliated, but chose Trump over Hillary Clinton in 2016 by a margin of 6.2%. The Republican Congressional Committee has targeted Kim, pledging to work ferociously to try to win back the seat he narrowly won in the 2018 midterms.

Two independent candidates are also on the ballot.


ANDY KIM: DEMOCRAT (incumbent)

Kim won the district in 2018 by unseating incumbent Tom MacArthur by little more than 1% of the vote. A former Rhodes Scholar, Kim has worked for the Pentagon, State Department and National Security Council. He also worked in Afghanistan as an adviser to U.S. Army General David Petraeus and U.S. Marine Corps General John R. Allen, both of whom are now retired. Currently, he is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Small Business, and is the only New Jerseyan on the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis. Kim lives in Burlington County with his wife and two young sons.

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Richter, former CEO of Hill International, a major national construction management company, decided to run in the 3rd District after abandoning his candidacy in the 2nd when Jeff Van Drew changed parties. He now lives in Island Heights.  Richter has earned a total of five degrees. He was a lawyer before heading up Hill International. He is now CEO of the asset management firm he founded in 2017. He and his wife have four daughters.

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Robert Shapiro, a lawyer from Haddonfield, is running under the slogan “Independent Constitutional Candidate.” He does not appear to have a campaign website but he has run for both state legislative and federal congressional offices in recent years, sometimes as a Republican, sometimes as a Libertarian and other times as an independent. In prior campaigns, Shapiro has stated that he received his law degree from Stanford Law School and has a doctorate in history from Harvard University.

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A lifelong resident of Barnegat, Weber is running under the slogan “For the People.” A US Army veteran, Weber owns YoBuck Landscaping Company, sits on the township zoning board and is the former captain of the local first aid squad, according to his campaign website. In a blog post on his website, Weber calls himself a gay conservative. He is a lifelong advocate of the 2nd Amendment who supports marijuana legalization as a source of tax revenue and a 15-year term limit on US Supreme Court justices.

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