New Jersey Democratic Rep. Andy Kim has announced that he will run next year against Sen. Bob Menendez in the wake of the senator’s indictment and refusal to step down, Philip Wang and Kaanita Iter reported for CNN.
Kim is a member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American and Progressive caucuses. He also serves on the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees. I Photo: Congressman Andy Kim Facebook
"After calls to resign, Senator Menendez said 'I am not going anywhere.' As a result, I feel compelled to run against him. Not something I expected to do, but NJ deserves better. We cannot jeopardize the Senate or compromise our integrity," Kim posted on X, the platform previously known as Twitter.
Kim has been representing New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District, which includes suburbs east of Trenton, since 2019. He won reelection last November by more than a 10-percentage-point margin.
Kara Scannell, Katelyn Polantz, Dan Berman, Manu Raju, and Morgan Rimmer also reported this for CNN.
Kim is a member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American and Progressive caucuses. He also serves on the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees.
Kim made headlines following the January 6, 2021, insurrection when he was photographed cleaning up the debris and trash left at the Capitol by the rioters who had ransacked the building hours earlier.
He later donated the suit he was wearing that day to the Smithsonian. Menendez was first appointed to the US Senate in 2006 to fill the vacancy left by Jon Corzine, who had been elected New Jersey governor.
He was reelected in 2018 with 54% of the vote. Prior to becoming a senator, Menendez represented New Jersey’s 13th Congressional District.