Democrat Andy Kim Flips NJ House Seat and Makes History
Andy Kim has defeated two-term Republican incumbent Congressman Tom MacArthur in New Jersey’s 3rd District. Kim, a former national security aide to President Barack Obama, had actually declared victory earlier this week despite the race just being called in his favor on Wednesday. He’s the son of South Korean immigrants and the first Asian American Congressman elected from New Jersey. The 36-year-old Democrat has never run for or served in elected office before, but said he was inspired to run because of MacArthur’s role in helping House Republicans pass a bill that would have repealed and replaced Obamacare. The Rhodes scholar spent a decade in DC, working first under President George W. Bush as a Conflict Specialist at the U.S. Agency for International Development and then, after earning his doctorate in international relations at Oxford, under Obama. He was a State Department Foreign Affairs Officer and an Advisor to Gens. David Petraeus and John Allen in Afghanistan. Between 2013 and 2015, he handled Iraq at the National Security Council. "There is a tremendous amount of work to be done, from expanding access to affordable health care, to working across the aisle, to creating jobs, and lowering taxes for New Jersey families. I am excited to get to work and am truly honored to serve as the next member of Congress from New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District," Kim said. More here.