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Healey Says Balanced Budget Law Needed to Restrain Congress

June 28, 2022

Reform Needed After Both Parties Have Spent Uncontrollably

For Immediate Release
Contact: Theresa Velardi (732) 682-8923

MOORESTOWN, NJ — Local businessman and candidate for Congress Bob Healey today endorsed the necessity of a Constitutional Balanced Budget Amendment to ‘halt the damage of Congress’ persistent fiscal recklessness.’

As the Republican-nominated candidate for Congress in NJ-03 District, Healey said, “Joe Biden and the Democrats in Congress have taken reckless spending to a new level, but neither party has much to brag about on this front.  It’s time for real reform.”

Added Healey: “A recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report suggested that the federal budget deficit could exceed $1.0 trillion by the end of fiscal year 2022, and legislation to increase the nation’s debt ceiling without any serious contemplation of how to slow spending is all but an annual event.  We need to press pause.”

“Small businesses, average American families, even state governments must live within their budgets.  Only the federal government shows no restraint.  That isn’t going to change with politicians who have worked most, if not all, of their adult lives in government, like Joe Biden and Andy Kim.  They simply don’t understand that nearly half of all hardworking American families are living paycheck to paycheck,” declared Healey. 1

“As a member of Congress, I will push for a constitutional amendment like H. J. Res. 3 that would prohibit the federal government from running annual budget deficits.  During this time of record inflation, exceedingly high debt and economic hardship, Congress needs to get the budget under control.  A Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution would put our country back in the right direction,” said Healey, a Burlington County business owner.

Healey favors a balanced budget law that includes an ‘escape hatch’, allowing in in times of emergencies such as war, depression, etc. to permit deficit spending.

Kim, who first sought office in 2018, has been silent on need to manage federal spending, and has opposed balanced budget amendment. 2

Healey concluded, “Biden’s recent $5.8 trillion budget, supported by Andy Kim, would send our nation further down the rabbit hole of untenable economic peril. That’s why a such a spending requirement is needed now.”


1 “About 41% of workers recently surveyed by WTW reported they are living paycheck to paycheck…”, according to Fortune. https://fortune.com/2022/06/16/41-percent-of-employees-are-living-paycheck-to-paycheck.

2 Kim Opposes Balanced Budget, Christian Coalition Survey, 07/01/18, www.issues2000.org/NJ/Andy_Kim_Budget_+_Economy.htm.

House GOP Leader Endorses Businessman Bob Healey for NJ-03

June 27, 2022

McCarthy Says Voters Deserve a ‘Commonsense’ Voice Not Beholden to Radical Left

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Contact: Theresa Velardi (732) 682-8923

MOORESTOWN, NJ — Local businessowner and candidate for Congress Bob Healey today received the support of the top Republican in the House of Representatives, Leader Kevin McCarthy.

House Republican Leader McCarthy (R-CA) said in a statement that, “We fully expect New Jersey voters to send to Washington a commonsense businessman who will focus on mainstream policies that get the American economy back on track –and that’s Bob Healey.”

The House Republican Leader added, “In New Jersey last fall to South Texas last week, Americans have made it clear, they’ve had enough of uncontrolled borders, uncontrolled crime, and uncontrolled prices at the pump and the grocery store.  They’ve had enough of congressmen like Andy Kim who continue to blindly push the Biden ‘keep spending more’ agenda.”

Recently, the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) added Bob Healey, the Republican nominee for New Jersey’s 3rd congressional district, to their Young Guns program for top-tier candidates. 1

Healey, a lifelong Burlington resident said, “Our campaign is gratified to be recognized by the national Republicans as it’s an important recognition.  My focus going forward is to communicate with voters about sensible federal policies that do not adversely impact economic prosperity as has the Biden-Kim team’s radical energy policies and inflationary spending spree.”


1 “Healey had previously been on the NRCC’s On the Radar list, …. His victory in last week’s primary, however, was evidently enough to get the NRCC to promote him to the Young Guns list…”, https://newjerseyglobe.com/congress/healey-added-to-nrcc-young-guns-list, New Jersey Globe, 0614/22.

Statement of Bob Healey Re: SCOTUS Decision Overturning Roe V. Wade

June 24, 2022

For Immediate Release
Contact: Theresa Velardi (732) 682-8923

MOORESTOWN, NJ — Local businessowner and candidate for Congress Bob Healey today issued the following statement:

“Today’s decision was expected and, despite the scare tactics my opponent will promote, it changes nothing regarding New Jersey law.  My position on this issue is clear and it is mainstream: I am personally pro-life, while believing that women should have the legal right to an abortion in cases of rape or incest, or if continuing to term could threaten the woman’s life.

The only person in this race with extreme views on abortion is Congressman Andy Kim, who sides with Governor Murphy and other radicals in his party who believe in expanded access to late-term abortions, long after a baby is viable and could live a healthy life outside the womb, and that 15-year-old girls seeking an abortion should not have to notify their parents first.  Those are extreme positions and Andy Kim should have to explain why he holds them.”

Healey Says Energy Independence Is Key to Lower Gas Prices

June 23, 2022

Challenges Kim to Abandon Leftwing Ideology & Support Increased Energy Production

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Contact: Theresa Velardi (732) 682-8923

MOORESTOWN, NJ — Congressional candidate Bob Healey said today that he believes the solution to high gas prices ‘begins and ends with creating the right incentives for American energy independence.’

“Since Joe Biden’s first day in office, he’s been demonizing the energy industry and threatening their destruction.  In his first week in office, Biden cancelled a significant pipeline and began a war on American oil and gas companies.  Now, Mr. Biden is blaming this same industry for not producing enough gas when his army of bureaucrats has spent the last 16 months putting up every possible regulatory roadblock to fulfill his campaign promise of putting this industry out of business,” observed Healey.

Healey noted, “At the same time, Andy Kim sits in Washington silent on an issue that’s wreaking havoc on his constituents.  Andy wants the chance to continue to represent us in Congress, yet when you go to his campaign website, 1 there is not a word about how to lower gas prices.”

“Worse still, as a member of the so-called Progressive Caucus, Congressman Kim subscribes to an ideology that believes the solution to high gas prices is electric vehicles. But even if the average American family could afford tomorrow to buy an EV, there’s one problem Andy Kim doesn’t mention:  natural gas and coal are the largest sources of energy for electricity generation.” 2

“Andy and his leftwing House colleagues believe electricity just comes from the wall socket ignoring the reality that it is fossil fuels that are the underlying source of power. It’s one the thing to be in favor of ‘clean’ energy sources but radical climate change worshippers even reject clean energy sources like natural gas, hydro power and nuclear,” added the Republican candidate for congress.

“Andy Kim needs to explain to voters why he deserves re-election when he offers no solutions. I, for one, believe the way to reduce gas prices is to increase supply and that means removing roadblocks for the energy production industry to produce more.  During a national crisis of daily gas price hikes, streamlining the permitting process, expanding development and increasing the construction of pipelines and refineries would support the industry America relies on,” explained Healey.

“Silent Andy isn’t representing Third District voters when he offers no solution and simply hides behind the quaint and impractical ideas of a Green New Deal,” added Healey, a lifelong New Jerseyan.


1 The Andy Kim for Congress website — https://www.andykim.com — lists under ‘Issues’ only: 1. Strengthening Your Healthcare; 2. Protecting Our Environment; 3. Investing in Families 4. Supporting Small Businesses & Creating Jobs 5.  Serving Our Veterans, Servicemembers & Military Families.”

2 “Fossil fuels are the largest sources of energy for electricity generation”, U.S. Energy Information Administration, https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/electricity/electricity-in-the-us.php.

Healey Invites Biden & Kim to Tour Viking Yacht, Learn How the Economy Works

June 22, 2022

GOP challenger says recent Biden comments highlight how career politicians and D.C. insiders don’t have a clue about how the real world works

For Immediate Release
Contact: Theresa Velardi (732) 682-8923

MOORESTOWN, NJ – Successful business owner and Republican candidate for Congress in NJ-03, Bob Healey, today invited President Joe Biden and Congressman Andy Kim to join him for a personal tour of Viking Yacht’s manufacturing floor so the pair could hear firsthand from the men and women building boats and get a real-world lesson in how the economy works.

Healey’s challenge comes on the heels of President Biden’s comments to reporters gathered on a Delaware beach this week that: “If you’re going out and buying a yacht, it doesn’t help the economy a whole lot.”

“Joe Biden and Andy Kim are creatures of Washington – President Biden for longer than I’ve been alive and Andy for most of his adult life – and it’s why neither of them have a clue how the economy works, nor how working families put food on the table or put their kids through school,” said Healey.  “President Biden’s tired ‘tax the rich’ rhetoric – which Andy Kim parrots every time he gets a chance – ignores the fact that when someone buys a high-end boat, that boat is built by working men and women who make a living on the floor of our manufacturing plant right here in South Jersey.  Moreover, that boat owner – at least as it relates to Viking – are going to need to buy supplies from a bait and tackle shop owned by a small business person and they are going to need to house that boat at a dock owned and staffed by a small business person.”

Healey said Biden and Kim would do well to visit his plant and personally speak with and listen to the men and women – people of every race, color, and creed – and understand that plans to raise taxes on so-called luxury items has a direct impact on the working and middle class.

“My guess is they will turn down my offer, but it is a serious one,” said Healey. “I invite the President and Congressman to come to our facility and ask any of our 1600 employees what yacht manufacturing has meant for their families. President Biden and Andy Kim need to hear these stories and understand them, so we don’t repeat the same mistakes of the past, like when disastrous tax policy in the 1990’s led to our workforce being slashed and good people being out of work.  Before Biden and Kim repeat those mistakes, they should look the people they will be hurting in the eyes and tell them why.”

Healey: ‘Protecting Social Security Is Immediate National Priority’

June 21, 2022

A Program that Supports 70 million Citizens Requires Urgent Action by Democrat-Congress

For Immediate Release
Contact: Theresa Velardi (732) 682-8923

MOORESTOWN, NJ — Local businessowner and Candidate for Congress Bob Healey today criticized the Biden Administration and the Democrat-controlled Congress for ‘dropping the ball’ on Social Security program.

A report released recently by the Social Security and Medicare trustees suggested that Social Security recipients will stop receiving their full benefits around 2035 if the Democrat-controlled Congress does not act. 

As the Republican candidate seeking election to Congress in NJ-03 District, Healey said, “It’s incomprehensible that a program that provides the most basic support to almost one in five Americans is in financial jeopardy. 1

“The Democrat-controlled Congress dithers with its woke agenda while America goes broke. Rep. Kim’s unswerving support for the Biden Administration’s wild spending policies overlooks one fundamental fact: with socialism, sooner or later one runs out of spending other people’s money,” declared Healey.  

“In 2020, Congress rightly responded to a once-in-a-century pandemic and spent 4.6 trillion in Covid relief programs. However, spending is a never-ending 24/7 exercise for Democrats like Congressman Kim, who irresponsibly pushed Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ program with an estimated cost to taxpayers of more than $2 trillion in additional spending,” said Healey, a Moorestown homeowner.

“Back to basics needs to be the mission now for Members of Congress.  Absent prompt, deliberate attention to rebuilding the Social Security, the program will simply not exist when our kids are retirement age,” noted Healey.  

“Congressman Kim and his colleagues need to put aside their socialist dreams and tell voters what action they are taking right now to protect Social Security.  Anything less would be an act of bad faith by our Washington representatives,” concluded Healey, a lifelong New Jerseyan.

Healey, a father of a young daughter, suggested, “Enough is enough. The party with majority-control in both the US Senate and House must re-focus its priorities from creating more social welfare spending to acting with urgency and discipline to sustain arguably the most important federal program relied on by so many.”


1 “Some 69.1 million Americans receive financial benefit from the Social Security program”, according to the Social Security Administration’s own website. https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/chartbooks/fast_facts/2020/fast_facts20.html

GOP House Whip Endorses Businessman Bob Healey

June 20, 2022

Republican Whip Steve Scalise Backs ‘Commonsense’ Conservative

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Contact: Theresa Velardi (732) 682-8923

MOORESTOWN, NJ — Bob Healey’s congressional campaign today announced it has received the backing of a leading House Republican with the formal endorsement of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) who serves as House Minority Whip.

As the second ranking Republican in the House, Scalise said, “It’s exciting to see young, business-tested individuals like Bob Healey offering voters a commonsense alternative to the radical policies of the Democrats in Washington.  One of the problems with our friends across the aisle is that their caucus is filled with people who have never worked in the private sector and who do not understand basic economic fundamentals and job creation.”

The House Republicans leader added, “Bob Healey is precisely the kind of representative New Jersey needs—someone who’s managed an enterprise and met a payroll. Our citizens have seen the devastating impact of policies crafted by ideologues and ivory tower elites.”

Last week the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) added Bob Healey, the Republican nominee for New Jersey’s 3rd congressional district, to their Young Guns program for top-tier candidates. 1

A resident of Moorestown, Healey acknowledge Rep. Scalise’s support, saying, “We are honored to be recognized by GOP leaders like Minority Whip Scalise and I hope our campaign continues to earn endorsements, most especially, from my fellow citizens of the Third congressional district.”


1 “Healey had previously been on the NRCC’s On the Radar list, …. His victory in last week’s primary, however, was evidently enough to get the NRCC to promote him to the Young Guns list…”, https://newjerseyglobe.com/congress/healey-added-to-nrcc-young-guns-list, New Jersey Globe, 06/14/22.

Healey: ‘Understanding One’s Citizenship Responsibilities’ Critical

June 16, 2022

High School Curriculum that Provides Civics Instruction Promotes Unity

For Immediate Release
Contact: Theresa Velardi (732) 682-8923

MOORESTOWN, NJ — Congressional candidate Bob Healey today asked state’s chief executive to use the power of his office to promote greater public unity through enhanced educational efforts to teach ‘civics’ to New Jersey students.

In a letter to Governor Murphy, that Healey’s campaigned released, the Burlington businessman wrote the attached:


Honorable Phil Murphy
Governor
State House
Trenton, NJ 08625

Dear Governor:

As a lifelong resident of New Jersey and a business owner, but a first-time candidate for public office, I have observed how the state of civility in public affairs is constantly under assault and, I believe, part of the reason for this breakdown is the high level of civic illiteracy amongst our citizens, especially, our youth.

In the 2014 round of National Assessment testing, a mere 23 percent of U.S. eighth graders scored at or above proficiency in civics; just 18 percent in U.S. history. Many of us have observed the late-night comedians’ ‘man-in-the-street’ skits, where citizens demonstrate a very limited understanding of the U.S. system of government, unable to name the three branches of government, etc.  While it’s always good for a few laughs, it’s really not that funny.

Last year, the New Hampshire State Senate passed a bill that would add civics competency as a graduation requirement for all New Hampshire public high schools. This measure would require all high school students to pass the 128-question citizenship naturalization exam with a 70% to graduate. 

New Hampshire joins some 15 states which have enacted such laws. In doing so, the approach is to apply the INS administered citizenship test to high school seniors as a graduation requirement.   A strong argument can be made for asking high school seniors to do no less than the U.S. asks of immigrants seeking to be citizens. 

In New Jersey, a bill has been introduced in 2022-23 session – A497–to require students to pass a test identical to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services civics test as part of high school graduation requirements. The bill is awaiting action by the Assembly Education Committee.

I strongly encourage you to consider supporting such a unifying initiative and using the prestige of your office to raise awareness to the issue.   Moreover, as the state’s chief executive, I hope you will publicly support such an important change in the state curriculum.  Frankly, if the New Jersey State Board of Education has time to plan and promote the teaching of sexual orientation and gender orientation to second graders – I would hope they have time to address this fundamental civics issue.

Regardless of differences in our party affiliations, I think Democrats and Republicans can jointly agree that a greater understanding of the core principles of American democracy can only help to unite rather than divide Americans.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
Bob Healey
Candidate for Congress, NJ-03

Congressman Brian Mast Endorses Bob Healey for Congress

June 15, 2022

For Immediate Release
Contact: Theresa Velardi (732) 682-8923

MOORESTOWN, NJ – Congressman Brian Mast from Florida’s 18th Congressional District today endorsed Bob Healey’s Campaign for Congress in New Jersey’s 3rd district.

“I am endorsing Bob Healey for New Jersey’s 3rd  Congressional District because Bob displays a passion for improving the lives of those around him,” Rep. Mast said. “With a conservative platform centered around job creation, enhancing affordability and re-establishing America’s energy independence, I believe that Bob has what it takes to bring common sense back to Washington.”

Prior to being elected to Congress, Brian Mast served in the U.S. Army for more than 12 years and earned multiple medals for his valiant service. Even after sustaining life-altering injuries while working as a bomb disposal expert in Afghanistan, Brian has remained dedicated to serving our country and his community. As a prominent member of the Foreign Affairs Committee in Congress, Brian continues to utilize his former military expertise to help bolster the safety and security of the United States.

Healey Named to NRCC’s Young Gun Program

June 14, 2022

Incumbent Andy Kim ‘Out-of-Step’ with District’s Voters

For Immediate Release
Contact: Theresa Velardi (732) 682-8923

Washington, DC — Today Bob Healey, a Moorestown manufacturer and Republican Candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s Third Congressional District, was named a full-fledged “Young Gun” by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).

In 2020, 25 Young Guns were elected to Congress. Since its inception, the Young Guns program has helped elect over 150 members of Congress.

“I am grateful that national Republicans have recognized the campaign we are building, and the opportunity that we have to defeat Andy Kim and be part of a majority that will serve as a check and balance on Joe Biden’s disastrous agenda,” said Healey.  “Every day, the voters in Burlington, Monmouth and Mercer Counties share with me the terrible impact Biden-Kim inflation is having on them at supermarket, the gas pump, and in their energy bills.  It’s time for a change.”

“My goal in running is simply to bring commonsense to Washington; and to push back against the far-left policies of Joe Biden and the Democrat-controlled Congress,” added the lifelong Burlington resident.

Healey, a first-time candidate, won the June 7 contested primary to become the Republican nominee of the newly drawn Third congressional district which includes parts of Burlington, Monmouth, and Mercer counties.  

“The campaign to Take Back the House is fully underway and today I’m proud to announce that an additional fourteen Republican candidates have earned the distinguished title of ‘Young Gun,’” said Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy. “These impressive leaders have proven they have what it takes to run the most effective and efficient campaigns. Each ‘Young Gun’ will play a critical role in our pursuit to win back the House majority and I thank them for their hard work and commitment to victory.”

About Bob Healey

Bob Healey’s passion to serve and his mission to help those around him is a driving force in his life.  He’s running for Congress to improve economic opportunity and affordability, stand with our police and enhance public safety, strengthen our military and the Joint Base, fight against radical liberals and cancel culture, and defend our personal liberties and freedoms.

Currently serving as the Chairman of the Viking Group, Bob and his company employ over a thousand South Jersey residents and have made a positive impact on literally tens of thousands of local families for a generation – providing them the opportunity to work hard and provide a solid middle-class life for their families.

Born and raised in Burlington County, Bob is the fifth of seven children and learned the value of hard-work and giving back from his parents.

After completing his studies at St. Joseph’s University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance, and spending time as both a concert promoter and member of a touring band, Bob turned his focus to serving others. His outlook on life transformed after arriving in the war-torn country of Sierra Leone, West Africa on a mission to improve the quality of life for individuals and families.

As Co-Founder and President of the Healey International Relief Foundation, Bob has worked to provide healthcare, education, clean water, and economic opportunity for people in impoverished regions of the world.

Back home, he helped develop the Gleneayre Equestrian Program, founded to help children and teens who are experiencing challenges in their lives through a love of horses.  Additionally, through the Healey’s Education Foundation, Bob and his company encourage children from low-income families to attend Catholic schools and to help those Catholic schools grow and become self-sustaining.

A conservationist who cares deeply about the health of our oceans, Bob is also Chairman of the Recreational Fishing Alliance, an organization founded to promote strong fish stocks and protect the rights of fishermen. In his free time, Bob enjoys participating in Revolutionary War and World War I re-enactment and the practice of yoga.

Bob and his wife, Bobbi reside in Moorestown with their 1-year-old daughter.