Healey raises over $500k for bid to unseat Kim in NJ-3

January 13, 2022

New Jersey Globe

By David Wildstein

Shipbuilder scores massive fundraising haul and banks $469k

Republican Robert Healey, Jr. has raised over $507,000 for his bid to unseat Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton) in New Jersey’s 3rd district, a hugely successful fundraising haul for a first-time candidate.

Healey, a 38-year-old businessman, entered the congressional race in November and promised to raise $500,000 in the 4th quarter of 2021.  He has $469,000 cash-on-hand.

“The Biden presidency has been an abject failure to this point and the last thing we need in Washington is one-party rule with a Democratic Congress that rubberstamps the failed Biden-Pelosi agenda,” said Healey. “From inflation and taxes, to skyrocketing energy prices, to cancel culture and anti-police rhetoric, the modern Democratic Party looks nothing like the one my parents grew up with – or even I grew up with.

The new 3rd district approved by the Congressional Redistricting Commission in December is more Democratic than the one Kim now represents.  It dropped the heavily Republican Ocean County portion of the district and replaced it with Hamilton, Lawrence, East Windsor and Hightstown in Mercer and parts of western Monmouth County.

Gov. Phil Murphy, who lost the old district by more than 14 points in his bid for re-election last year, carried the new 3rd with 50.7% of the vote.

Healey runs the Viking Yacht Company, a family-owned shipbuilding business that employs almost 1,600 mostly-blue collar employees and manufactures high-quality semi-custom fiberglass yachts.

He also runs the Healey International Relief Organization, which has spent millions delivering healthcare services, food, clean water, and education programs in the war-torn African nation of Sierra Leone.

So far,  Healey faces just one opponent for the Republican nomination: Will Monk, a Mount Holly school board member.

Kim has emerged as the Gottheimer of the South and had nearly $2.7 million banked by the end of September.  He has not released his fourth quarter fundraising numbers.

A former White House National Security Council staffer in the Obama administration, Kim defeated two-term Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) by 3,973 votes, 50%-49%, in what was the closest House race in the state.

At the end of 2017, Kim had raised $355,500 and had $216,223 in the bank.

In 2020, he defeated former Hill International CEO David Richter by 33,513 votes, 53%-45%.