Andy Kim Secures Upset Democrat Senate Primary Win in Bid to Unseat ‘Gold Bar Bob’ Menendez

Underdog candidate Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ) has clinched the Democrat primary to run against incumbent and alleged criminal Sen. Bob Menendez (I-NJ) for his New Jersey Senate seat.

“Gold Bar Bob” Menendez faces charges including bribery, obstruction of justice, conspiracy, extortion, and others.

Last week, the embattled senator quit the Democratic Party and registered as an independent.

The move came after he announced he wasn’t going to run for re-election.

However, he will now run for his seat as an independent in an upset to the Democrats.

Tuesday’s primary went to Kim over rivals Patricia Campos Medina and Lawrence Hamm for U.S. Senate, Fox News reported.

Kim will face off in November against Menendez.

This continues a positive trend for Kim, who already triumphed over New Jersey’s first lady, Tammy Murphy.

He faced the Democrat governor’s wife in February during the Monmouth County Democratic convention.

Kim sees this as a positive sign heading into the general election.

“The energy that we have is real, and it should not be underestimated,” Kim said at the time.

Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) has also endorsed Kim in his effort to unseat Menendez.

Fetterman has been openly calling for Menedez to be removed from the Senate over his corruption charges.

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It’s no secret that the Garden State has a corruption problem.

However, Menendez may take the cake when it comes to crooked politicians.

Menendez and his wife are accused of several crimes in connection with a bribery scheme.

The couple and other defendants allegedly took kickbacks in the form of gold bars and cash to use in exchange for using their influence to support the governments of Egypt and Qatar.

They have all pleaded not guilty.

The last time Menendez faced charges in 2017, he was let off the hook by a hung jury and was a prominent Democrat in a deep-blue state.

Now, he doesn’t have the backing of the state’s leading political party to cover for him.

Beyond Menendez’s possible corruption, the political party system in New Jersey took yet another recent blow.

Kim had sued over the way the ballots unfairly advantage those supported by the party system.

U.S. District Judge Zahid Quraishi agreed and ordered a block-style ballot for the June primary in his March ruling.

“The integrity of the democratic process for a primary election is at stake, and the remedy Plaintiffs are seeking is extraordinary,” the judge wrote, adding that the plaintiffs “met their burden.”

Kim has found powerful allies in the fight against Menendez, including Fetterman.

The Pennsylvania Democrat supported his fight to change the ballot that was a product of “the same kind of regime that had protected that kind of sleazeball Menendez,” Politico reported.

Fetterman also took a swipe at Menendez in paying a compliment to Kim’s superior integrity.

“I feel very secure knowing that he has no gold bars underneath his mattress and won’t ever be accused of being a foreign agent for Egypt or Qatar,” he added.

Others who have endorsed Kim are the Democratic Coalition of Ocean County, eight local Democratic Party organizations, and seven Democrat municipal committees.

He also has the support of other Keystone State politicians, including six House Democrats.

However, the most powerful allies Kim has are the voters of New Jersey.

Just a day after the primary, NBC News reported that Kim secured 74.8% of the vote over the other contenders, which points to a possible overall victory in November.

Kim is a strong candidate with all of the momentum going into the summer months.

Although Menendez has been a part of New Jersey politics for decades, it appears his days are numbered.

READ MORE – Fetterman Blasts Fellow Democrats for Allowing ‘Sleazeball’ Menendez to Remain in Senate

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By Nick R. Hamilton

Nick has a broad background in journalism, business, and technology. He covers news on cryptocurrency, traditional assets, and economic markets.

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