Photo of Andy Kim by AC JosepH Media.


LAWRENCE – U.S. Rep. Andy Kim moved one step closer to becoming the first Korean American elected to the U.S. Senate with a convincing win in the New Jersey Democratic primary on Tuesday.

The victory moves Kim, a native of Cherry Hill, into the general election after winning 75% of the Democratic primary votes. He will face Republican Curtis Bashaw, who defeated four candidates in the GOP primary.

“Our win today is a stunning victory for a people-powered movement that mobilized against corruption and stood up to the machine politics of New Jersey,” Kim said in a statement released by his campaign Tuesday night.

“I took the chance to run for Senate eight months ago on the belief that people are fed up with our broken politics and are ready for a new generation of leadership fighting for change. What I found is that there is a deep hunger across the political spectrum for a different kind of politics grounded in integrity and public service that aims to rebuild trust.”

US Rep. Andy Kim. Photo courtesy of U.S. Rep. Andy Kim’s Office.

New Jersey Senate incumbent Bob Menendez remains the biggest wildcard. he is facing federal corruption charges for a second time and filed for an independent run despite being in the middle of his trial.

Kim said he wants to rise above the “chaos” of Menendez and former President Donald Trump in his face for the Senate.

“Our work is just beginning. New Jersey has a choice: the chaos and corruption of Bob Menendez and Donald Trump, or a politics that works for families struggling to get by,” Kim said. “New Jersey deserves better, and I’m ready to take our movement for change to the U.S. Senate.”

Kim is serving his third term in Congress, where he was first elected in 2018. He is the first Asian American elected to federal office from New Jersey. In 2018 and 2020, Andy defeated two self-funding millionaires in a district carried by former President Trump, and in 2022 Kim defeated his third self-funding millionaire opponent by 12 points. 

In his three terms in Congress, Andy has worked hard to lower costs for New Jersey families and help support small businesses through challenging times. Kim has also been a leading champion in fighting against corruption in our broken politics.

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