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“New Jersey 2nd (Republican-held, new to the list): Here’s a head-spinner for you: Democrats are trying to take out a lawmaker who helped them win the House in 2018. Rep. Jeff Van Drew got elected as a Democrat then became a Republican a year later during impeachment. Trump won this South Jersey district in 2016, but do moderate voters feel burned by Van Drew’s switching? He has a strong challenger in Democrat Amy Kennedy (yes, of that Kennedy family). And as outside Democratic groups advertise against him, accusing him of being a Trump loyalist, Van Drew has perplexingly not responded in kind on TV.”
THE HOUSE SEATS MOST LIKELY TO FLIP IN NOVEMBER

— Washington Post

“SEIU members in CD2 are on front lines of the coronavirus pandemic and need a Congressperson who will never betray the interests of working people. Amy Kennedy will fight tooth and nail to protect workers and their families during one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history. We welcome her progressive vision and we will do whatever it takes to win victory in this election.”
SEIU NJ STATE COUNCIL ENDORSES AMY KENNEDY FOR CONGRESS

— Insider NJ

“And while Booker wants to make sure that New Jersey Democrats in tough races get re-elected and made a clear pitch for Amy Kennedy in NJ-2 – “let’s make sure we get rid of (Jeff) Van Drew, please, please God.” – he also asked his home state to help in other places.”
BOOKER TELLS N.J. PROGRESSIVES TO BEAT VAN DREW AND WORK FOR DEMOCRATS NATIONALLY

— New Jersey Globe

“COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll on our workers, and we need a fighter in Congress who will always take the side of workers over special interests” said Ray Greaves, International Vice President of ATU. “We proudly endorse Amy Kennedy, because she has a proven record of advocacy for the issues we care about: fair wages, health care and retirement security for all workers.”
TRANSIT WORKERS UNION FLIPS SUPPORT FROM VAN DREW TO KENNEDY

— New Jersey Globe

“The only polls that really matter are on election day, but what these numbers show is the same thing we have been hearing from people across the district– they feel betrayed and abandoned by Jeff Van Drew and they want change,” said Josh Roesch, Kennedy’s campaign manager. “They want a representative who will fight for working families and small businesses and who won’t ever pledge their undying support to anyone other than the people of South Jersey.”
AMY KENNEDY INTERNAL POLL HAS HER FIVE POINTS IN FRONT OF VAN DREW IN NJ-2

— New Jersey Globe

“Kennedy has picked up many supporters like Harris since starting her campaign to unseat Van Drew, whose defection and opposition to impeaching Trump stoked fury among New Jersey Democrats. She said it was her own anger at Van Drew that sparked her decision to run. A 41-year-old former public school teacher, she won the July primary without the backing of South Jersey’s political establishment, with a message focused on her background as an educator and mental health advocate.”
THE KENNEDYS WILL SOON BE GONE IN CONGRESS. UNLESS AMY KENNEDY BEATS JEFF VAN DREW IN NEW JERSEY.

— Philadelphia Inquirer

“Atlantic and Cape May counties have been hit hard by COVID-19. We have some of the highest unemployment rates in the country. Jeff Van Drew hasn’t said one thing about extending unemployment, protecting healthcare or looking out for workers in this crisis. We need someone who will stand up the working people of South Jersey in Washington D.C. Amy Kennedy is who we need.”
UNITE HERE LOCAL 54 PAC ENDORSES NORCROSS, KENNEDY, KIM, SMITH

— Insider NJ

“Every American deserves to retire with dignity. I’m proud to put forth a plan that ensures that Medicare and Social Security are protected and I’m honored to have the support of Social Security Works,” said Amy Kennedy. “For years, these vital programs have been under attack. In Congress, I’ll fight to protect our seniors and to ensure they have access to affordable health care, lower prescription drug prices, and to their hard earned retirement benefits.”
AMY KENNEDY ANNOUNCES OLDER AMERICANS POLICY, ENDORSED BY SOCIAL SECURITY WORKS

— Insider NJ

“I’m committed to working hand-in-hand with LGBTQ leaders to achieve equality once and for all,” Ms Kennedy told InsiderNJ. “I’m honored to have Garden State Equality’s endorsement, who is doing vital work to protect New Jersey’s LGBTQ communities. I know how important it is that we’re working to address the injustices the LGBTQ community is facing and that we’re ensuring the protections they need.”
GARDEN STATE EQUALITY’S 2020 (FEDERAL) ENDORSEMENTS

— Insider NJ

Kennedy, a Democrat running against incumbent Jeff Van Drew for the Congress’s District 2 seat, which cover Cape May said Tubman was fitting of the honor.
“Harriet Tubman embodies many of the virtues we strive for: selflessness, sacrifice and courage,” she told Front Runner New Jersey. “It was an honor to be a part of the opening of the Harriet Tubman Museum and to remember her legacy alongside so many community leaders. The museum is an incredible addition to the Cape May community and I can’t wait to return.”
HARRIET TUBMAN MUSEUM GETS OFFICIAL RIBBON CUTTING IN CAPE MAY

— Front Runner New Jersey

“I think that it’s really important that people know I’m looking to deliver for the district,” she said during a press conference Thursday. “And when those are the issues that we talk about and they really hit home with voters, they’ll see that I’m willing to put their needs first regardless of where they are on the presidential ticket.”
KENNEDY NOT CONCERNED ABOUT BACKLASH OVER TRUMP CRITICISMS

— New Jersey Globe

“Representative Jeff Van Drew, who was elected to Congress as a Democrat in 2018 but became a Republican after voting against impeaching President Trump, faces Democrat Amy Kennedy. She is a former schoolteacher who married into the famous U.S. political family.”
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— Reuters

“We know that South Jersey was struggling even before COVID-19 hit. Now we’re in crisis. We need strong and bold leadership,” Kennedy said. “Today, I am putting forward a comprehensive infrastructure plan to secure the major infrastructure investments South Jersey needs — in our roads and bridges; our bulkheads and seawalls; and our schools and broadband systems.”
KENNEDY ANNOUNCES INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN FOR SOUTH JERSEY

— Press of Atlantic City

“Murphy said that Kennedy will work to improve life for constituents in South Jersey regardless of party lines.
“It really frankly doesn’t have a lot to do, especially when it comes to infrastructure, with which party we’re in. It’s ‘this is the hand we’ve been dealt.’ Play the damn hand,” the governor said.”
SICK OF AGING INFRASTRUCTURE, SOUTH JERSEY? AMY KENNEDY WILL FIGHT TO FIX IT, MURPHY SAYS

— NJ.com

“I am proud to endorse Amy Kennedy for Congress in New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District. South Jersey’s working families deserve a representative with a proven track record of uncompromised service to others,” Biden said. “As a mom of five, an educator and a mental health advocate, Amy understands the challenges facing her community and is ready to take them on. I know Amy will serve South Jerseyans well and ensure their voices are heard in Congress.”
JOE BIDEN ENDORSES AMY KENNEDY FOR CONGRESS

— New Jersey Globe

“Once again, Jeff Van Drew has refused to stand up for South Jersey, this time ignoring the administration’s decision to cut crucial PPE funding for schools and local governments. He should be ashamed of his silence. We are still in the middle of a pandemic. New Jersey cannot afford setbacks while communities are struggling to survive a public health and economic crisis and in South Jersey, we cannot afford leaders who are more interested in playing politics than serving the communities they’re elected to represent.”
AMY KENNEDY TO JEFF VAN DREW: YOUR SILENCE AND INACTION ARE HURTING THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH JERSEY

— Insider NJ

“Too many people in South Jersey have lost their healthcare, their small businesses, their jobs and their lives because of COVID-19. Now we find out that Donald Trump knew how severe and deadly the virus was back in early 2020 and, once again, Jeff Van Drew has chosen to advance his own political career and to stand by his pledge of ‘undying support’ to President Trump instead of fighting for the lives and livelihoods of our community.”
AMY KENNEDY TO JEFF VAN DREW: TRUMP LIED, PEOPLE DIED AND YOU ARE STANDING BY WHILE SOUTH JERSEY SUFFERS

— Insider NJ

“Amy Kennedy is one of the frontline leaders who is going to keep and expand our House majority, and stand with Joe Biden when he’s elected president. Amy is going to govern competently. She is going to take racial and economic justice seriously. She is going to make healthcare and education more affordable and more accessible for millions of Americans. She is going to fight for every American’s right to vote.”
PROGRESSIVE TURNOUT PROJECT ENDORSES AMY KENNEDY

— Insider NJ

“I was outraged to hear Donald Trump’s disparaging comments about veterans and members of the armed forces. Our veterans and active military are heroes who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice in service to our communities and our country. We have tens of thousands of veterans who live here in South Jersey, many of whom are struggling and have not been honored in the way they should with access to health care, housing and benefits.”
AMY KENNEDY CALLS ON JEFF VAN DREW TO DISAVOW TRUMP COMMENTS AND STAND UP FOR SOUTH JERSEY VETERANS & ARMED FORCES

— Insider NJ

“This is the race we’re all going to be watching most closely on Election Night,” Mr Rasmussen told InsiderNJ. “Jeff has essentially turned in his incumbency badge by flipping parties. So all bets are off, and I do think it has the potential to be a close race. Barring some unforeseen surprise, it’s shaping up to be the biggest question mark in the state this year.”
VAN DREW VERSUS KENNEDY, NJ’S MARQUEE CONGRESSIONAL MATCHUP

— Insider NJ

“Among the new House candidates endorsed by DMFI’s PAC are:
Amy Kennedy, who is running against Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) — who switched parties last year — in New Jersey’s 2nd district”
DMFI RELEASES NEW ROUND OF CONGRESSIONAL ENDORSEMENTS

— Jewish Insider

“Kennedy, Van Drew’s challenger, is the current president of The Kennedy Forum, a behavioral and mental health non-profit. Kennedy is also a board member of Mental Health America. She is the wife of Patrick J. Kennedy, a nephew of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy and former longtime Democratic congressman from Rhode Island. Her campaign platform is centered on strengthening the Affordable Care Act, affordable college educations, and protecting workers’ rights.”
NOW-REPUBLICAN INCUMBENT JEFF VAN DREW AND AMY KENNEDY VIE FOR A CHANCE TO REPRESENT NEW JERSEY’S 2ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

— Business Insider

“We are proud to announce our endorsement of Amy Kennedy,” said Steven Tully, Executive Director of AFSCME New Jersey. “Amy supports public employees and the services that they provide for the people of the 2nd District. As a longtime former union member herself, Amy Kennedy understands the challenges that front line workers are facing in the midst of the pandemic and she supports the issues that AFSCME members value the most: living wages, retirement security, health care, and civil rights. Our members recognize an advocate when they see one, and Amy will be a champion in Congress for working families and for protecting our hard-earned rights.”
AFSCME Endorses Amy Kennedy for Congress

— Insider NJ

“Raymond M. Pocino, Vice President and Eastern Regional Manager of Laborers’ International Union of North America, said that Kennedy “has a proven record of advocacy and she will fight to create new jobs and protect the ones we have.”
“Amy will always take the side of workers over special interests,” Pocino said. “We need more people like Amy Kennedy in Congress.”
LABORERS’ UNION BACKS KENNEDY IN NJ-2

— New Jersey Globe

“When we have high unemployment, (addiction) gets worse … when we have instability, it gets worse,” Kennedy said.
Her own husband is in recovery, she said, and she has family members who are struggling.
“It’s not about moral failing, it’s about illness,” Kennedy said. “If we have the desire and political will … we will make this the issue of the next generation.”
STORIES OF HOPE SHINE THROUGH AT OVERDOSE AWARENESS EVENT

— Press of Atlantic City

“That’s not the person they elected,” Amy Kennedy, the educator and mental health advocate running to unseat Van Drew in the state’s 2nd congressional district, told Newsweek.
….”It’s a favor to him and it may be helpful for his political career,” Kennedy said of Van Drew’s involvement in the GOP festivities. “But it isn’t helpful to the people of South Jersey.”
NJ DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE CALLS OUT HER PARTY-SWITCHING OPPONENT

— Newsweek

“Kennedy’s ad, “Recovery,” will run on Philadelphia broadcast and cable television in the eight counties that are part of New Jersey’s 2nd district.
The ad is narrated by Kennedy, and includes footage of Van Drew shaking hands with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office after deciding to switch parties. It also includes image of her five children and her husband, former Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy (D-Rhode Island), the scion of one of America’s most prominent political families.”
KENNEDY TV AD WILL AIR ON NIGHT VAN DREW ADDRESSES GOP CONVENTION

— New Jersey Globe

“Tonight, the Amy Kennedy for Congress campaign will launch a new television advertisement. The ad, entitled “Recovery,” which is in Amy Kennedy’s own voice, talks about the fact that families and small businesses in South Jersey are struggling, “but it didn’t have to be this way.” Amy tells voters, “Politics should never get in the way of making sure everyone has good healthcare and access to a financial lifeline,” and that, “in Congress, I’ll fight to put the middle class and small businesses first.”
AMY KENNEDY FOR CONGRESS CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES NEW TV AD

— Insider NJ

“As the daughter of educators, a former public school teacher, a mental health advocate and the mother of five, Amy understands the struggles that AFT members and all the people of South Jersey are facing. Amy is committed to fighting for public schools and the teachers, students, education support professionals and working families that rely on them,” AFTNJ President Donna Chiera said. “I also know that Amy will help keep the promises made to educators and make sure that they can count on the retirement benefits they earned, including their pension and social security.”
AFTNJ BACKS KENNEDY IN NJ-2

— New Jersey Globe

“It’s important we call attention to it,” Kennedy said of the anniversary, “and that on this anniversary we are just as passionate about exercising the right to vote in this election, when we’ve seen women really targeted in so many ways by (the Trump) administration.”
OBSTACLES REMAIN AT 100TH ANNIVERSARY RATIFYING OF ALLOWING WOMEN TO VOTE

— Press of Atlantic City

“This year is about so much more than just the party platform, but what we can do to help the recovery in South Jersey,” Kennedy said when asked how well her views line up with her party’s platform. “So much could be done to increase the potential of South Jersey and make sure opportunities are available to all.”
KENNEDY, VAN DREW KEEP CANDIDATES’ FORUM CIVIL, POSITIVE

— Press of Atlantic City

“Local restaurants are a cornerstone of our community and are vital to our economy in South Jersey. We’ve seen the devastating impacts of COVID-19 on local restaurants across the district and we need federal leaders to take action,” she said. “Providing economic assistance for the independent restaurant industry is one of the most critical investments to help South Jersey recover from this crisis. I’m committed to the people of my community, to serving and providing the relief and protection the people, businesses and restaurants need.”
KENNEDY BACKS BILL CREATING $120 BILLION FUND FOR RESTAURANT BAILOUTS

— New Jersey Globe

“Kennedy, the challenger to Republican U.S. Congressman Jeff Van Drew in the 2nd Congressional District, talked about her great uncle, a mail carrier in Atlantic County and his “commitment” to serve the public, even during sickness and injuries.
“It’s so crucial — that lifeline, that he provided, that so many of those working today are providing — for our families,” she said. “Whether it’s the communication, or the medicines, or the employment of veterans, that is really essential to the fabric of our country, and we need to be there to support them.”
SAVE THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE OR RISK LOSING DEMOCRACY, LOCAL OFFICIALS SAY

— New Jersey Globe

“In Congress, I will be a champion for women and their families, fighting to support and empower them, to ensure access to affordable healthcare, and to build an economy that values the many contributions women workers and entrepreneurs make every day,” Kennedy said.”
EMILY’S LIST BACKS KENNEDY IN NJ-2

— New Jersey Globe

“Amy was born and raised in South Jersey, and she will always put South Jersey’s best interests first,” DCCC spokeswoman Christine Bennett said. “Kennedy is in a strong position to flip this seat come November.”
PARTY-SWITCHING REPUBLICAN NO LONGER FAVORED IN N.J.’S HOTTEST CONGRESSIONAL RACE. IS TRUMP HURTING HIM

— NJ.com

“Kennedy’s campaign manager Josh Roesch told Newsweek that the latest polling showing her ahead in the race “confirms what we have been hearing from people across the district.”
He added, “The people of South Jersey are sick of politicians who care more about their own careers than serving their community. Voters want a new kind of leadership based on integrity, service and compassion—and they are finding it in Amy Kennedy.”
JEFF VAN DREW’S DEFECTION TO GOP MAY NOT SECURE HIM REELECTION—EVEN IN A TRUMP DISTRICT

— Newsweek

“They will also be voting on several hotly contested congressional races, including a battle in South Jersey between Representative Jeff Van Drew, a turncoat Democrat who voted against the president’s impeachment before pledging loyalty to Mr. Trump, and Amy Kennedy, a former teacher who is married to Patrick Kennedy, a nephew of President John F. Kennedy.”
NEW JERSEY WILL HOLD MAIL-IN ELECTION IN NOVEMBER, OVER TRUMP’S OBJECTIONS

— New York Times

“The Cook Political Report announced its new ratings for races for the House of Representatives across the country today, including upgrades for Democratic candidates in both the 2nd and 11th Congressional Districts here in New Jersey. 2nd District challenger Amy Kennedy’s race was upgraded from ‘Lean R’ to ‘Toss Up’ in the new ratings, while 11th District U.S. Representative Mikie Sherrill’s election was changed from ‘Likely D’ to ‘Solid D.’”
NJDSC: COOK POLITICAL REPORT UPGRADES HOUSE RATINGS IN NJ DISTRICTS 2 AND 11 TO ‘TOSS UP’ AND ‘SOLID D’

— Insider NJ

“Right now, we’re facing serious threats to abortion rights and other crucial health care services. Amy Kennedy is committed to protecting and expanding health care access, including sexual and reproductive health care,” fund president Alexis McGill Johnson said. “We know Amy will fight efforts to strip health care from millions of people and we are proud to endorse her. We look forward to working with Amy in Congress to advance meaningful change.”
KENNEDY WINS PLANNED PARENTHOOD ACTION FUND ENDORSEMENT

— New Jersey Globe

“Amy Kennedy is the fighter we need in Congress to stand up for women and families in the face of relentless attacks from Donald Trump and the Radical Right,” NARAL President Ilyse Hogue said. “NARAL is proud to endorse her and we look forward to sending her to Congress in November. Amy will work to protect and expand abortion access instead of rubber-stamping the Trump administration’s dangerous, ideological agenda like Rep. Van Drew has. We need to protect and expand our pro-choice majority in the House to safeguard reproductive freedom.”
NARAL BACKS KENNEDY

— New Jersey Globe

“The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has a new internal poll showing Amy Kennedy with a six-point lead, 50%-44%, against freshman Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) in New Jersey’s 2nd district.”
DEMOCRATIC INTERNAL POLL HAS KENNEDY LEADING VAN DREW

— New Jersey Globe

“Fresh DCCC polling released this morning in National Journal shows Amy Kennedy leading Jefferson Van Drew (51-46), with Vice President Biden and President Trump statistically tied (46-47). It is notable that the poll shows Kennedy above 50% in a district President Trump won by 5 points in 2016. The live caller survey, conducted August 4-6, polled 400 likely November general election voters with a margin of error of ±4.9 percentage points.”
NEW DCCC POLLING: KENNEDY PULLS AHEAD IN RACE AGAINST VAN DREW

— Insider NJ

“I’m proud to put forward a plan for South Jersey’s agricultural and farming community that supports our farmers, fishers and producers,” said Amy Kennedy. “Our farms and fisheries are facing enormous challenges and we cannot continue to let our farmers struggle and our communities face food insecurity. In Congress, I will fight to protect, grow, and sustain a strong and vibrant agricultural sector.”
AMY KENNEDY RELEASES AGRICULTURE AND FARMING POLICY

— Insider NJ

“It feels like everybody’s at a heightened anxiousness toward not just this moment and this election, but kind of everyday life,” Kennedy said. “Things that seem like they should be simple just are not right now.”
She said there is a lot of interest in and engagement with the campaign.
A lot of people are willing to volunteer at home and looking for ways they can still feel like part of what’s happening,” Kennedy said. “Of course, it’s not the same level of engagement publicly.”
CAMPAIGNING IN A PANDEMIC, VAN DREW AND KENNEDY ARE READY FOR ANYTHING

— Press of Atlantic City

“Amy Kennedy will consistently fight for South Jersey’s coastal communities by building resilient infrastructure and standing up to big polluters to ensure that our coasts remain free of oil and gas drilling,” said Ed Potosnak, the executive director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters.  “She will advance smart investments in clean energy to protect South Jersey from the threat of climate change.”
League of Conservation Voters endorses Amy Kennedy

— New Jersey Globe

“I’m proud today, to not only be putting forth a policy that will protect women across South Jersey, but that will support families across the district. Our economy remains unequal and the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these inequities. It’s more important than ever that we fight to support and empower women, and in Congress, I will be a champion for the women and families of South Jersey.”
Amy Kennedy Releases Women’s Policy Amidst Growing Inequality During COVID 

— Insider NJ

“I’m honored to be among the candidates endorsed by President Barack Obama. In these unprecedented times, leadership is more important than ever,” Kennedy said in a press statement. “In Congress, I’ll work tirelessly for the people of South Jersey to provide access to affordable health care, to support and protect working families and to revitalize South Jersey’s economy.”
Obama endorses Amy Kennedy for Congress

— Press of Atlantic City

“I’m honored to be among the candidates endorsed by President Barack Obama. In these unprecedented times, leadership is more important than ever,” Kennedy said in a press statement. “In Congress, I’ll work tirelessly for the people of South Jersey to provide access to affordable health care, to support and protect working families and to revitalize South Jersey’s economy.”
Obama endorses Amy Kennedy for Congress

— Press of Atlantic City

“The urgency that he’s expressing I understand, but the resources simply aren’t there to support it,” added Amy Kennedy, a Democratic former public school teacher running to unseat New Jersey Rep. Jefferson Van Drew (R). “It’s OK to really feel like we adamantly need to do this, but then we have to back that up and put in place everything that makes that possible, and I think that’s where there’s a disconnect.”
Democrats look to go on offense in debate over reopening schools

— The Hill

Voters “deserve to have someone who is willing to be out in front. To give them kind of an authentic representation that they elect the representative to do. When we’ve seen so many people struggling at this moment, I think the voters of south Jersey want someone who is going to be in it for them, rather than their own self-interest.

“This is a time we have to put other people first. It’s got to be about how we lessen the burden. So many people are isolated or stressed,” she said, adding she is ready to take those concerns to Congress, take action, pass legislation, get investment in south Jersey and stand up for what the voters want.
Amy Kennedy says she will focus on SJ concerns

— Ocean City Sentinel

The New Jersey State Building & Construction Trades Council has dropped their support of one congressman they endorsed in 2018, and have endorsed two House  incumbents whom they opposed two years ago.

The powerful building trades organization is backing Democrat Amy Kennedy in the 2nd district  They had supported Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) in 2018 when he ran as a Democrat, and had backed him in his past campaigns for the state legislature.
NJ State Building & Construction Trades drops Van Drew, endorses Kennedy in NJ-2

— New Jersey Globe

“Amy Kennedy is ready to make history by bringing a new voice to the halls of power,” said former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, co-founder of Giffords.
“She has the courage and ideas needed to grow our gun safety majority in the House of Representatives. Amy has proven she has what it takes to fight the gun lobby and deliver for her community that wants to see progress in the fight to save lives. Giffords is proud to endorse Amy Kennedy and to work with her to end gun violence in America.”
Giffords endorses Kennedy for Congress

— New Jersey Globe

Amy Kennedy, Democratic candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s 2nd district, beat out the Democratic establishment’s preferred candidate, and will now take on Rep. Jeff Van Drew (now a Republican) in the general election. She talks about her run for Congress and the issues that matter to voters in her South Jersey district.
Meet the Candidate: Amy Kennedy

— WNYC

“We are living in unprecedented times and must work harder than ever to protect South Jersey’s working families,” said Kennedy. “In Congress, I’ll fight alongside our unions to ensure that working families have the benefits they need and I’ll work tirelessly to give our frontline heroes the protections they deserve.”
AFL-CIO endorses Kennedy after backing Van Drew two years ago

— New Jersey Globe

“NASW works to strengthen and protect our workforce and to protect underserved communities. We know how important it is to have leaders who are ready to serve their communities,” said Mary Jane Lundgren, MSW, RN, NASW-PACE Chair. “Amy Kennedy is committed to service and justice, and we know she will be a champion for the needs of workers and families. We are proud to endorse Amy, who leads with integrity and compassion and a vision for justice for all.”
Amy Kennedy Endorsed by National Association of Social Workers

— Insider NJ

DCCC Chairwoman Cheri Bustos praised Kennedy as “an educator with more than a decade of experience working in public schools, a mental health advocate and a mother of five who is committed to addressing the biggest issues facing South Jerseyans.”

“She’ll fight to make health care more accessible, protect workers’ rights, and safeguard New Jersey against the imminent threat of climate change,” Bustos added. “With four generations of South Jersey roots and her strong campaign, momentum is on Amy’s side. Amy is running a strong campaign and is on track to flip this district in November.”.
House Democrats boosting Amy Kennedy’s campaign to unseat party-switching Republican Van Drew in N.J.

— NJ.COM

On Tuesday night, with Patrick standing off to one side with their children, and Gov. Phil Murphy on the other, Amy Kennedy, 41, claimed victory in a congressional primary that pitted her iconic Democratic family against South Jersey’s powerful Democratic machine.

Kennedy will now bring the Democratic bona fides of her own family — her father was an Atlantic County freeholder — and that of her in-laws to bear against freshman U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew, a former longtime Democrat who switched parties last year and memorably pledged his “undying support” to President Donald Trump in the Oval Office.
Amy Kennedy topped a powerful South Jersey political machine. But not because she’s a Kennedy.

— Philadelphia Inquirer

Amy Kennedy is the latest member of the long-serving Kennedy family to make a mark on American politics.

On Tuesday, the wife of Patrick Kennedy and daughter-in-law of Sen. Ted Kennedy won the Democratic primary in New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District, results show.
Amy Kennedy, Wife of Patrick Kennedy, Wins New Jersey Congressional Democratic Primary

— People Magazine

“I look forward to working together to take on Jeff Van Drew and turn this district blue again in the fall,” Ms. Kennedy said while thanking her supporters Tuesday night. “We have had enough, and we demand better.”
Amy Kennedy Wins Democratic Primary for New Jersey’s Second Congressional District

— Wall Street Journal

A member of the storied Kennedy political family emerged as the Democratic nominee in a South Jersey congressional district late Tuesday, defying expectations that it would take days before results were clear in the state’s primary election while officials count hundreds of thousands of mail ballots.
Amy Kennedy has emerged as the upset winner in a South Jersey congressional district to face Jeff Van Drew

— Philadelphia Inquirer

Democrat Amy Kennedy of Brigantine appears to have won the Democratic nomination for the 2nd Congressional District after her chief opponent Brigid Callahan Harrison conceded shortly after polls closed Tuesday.
Harrison concedes to Kennedy in a surprising twist to 2nd District Democratic primary

— Press of Atlantic City

“Systemic racism in our country—whether it’s police violence or disparities in wealth and health care—will no longer be normalized, and politicians who take black votes for granted will no longer be acceptable. That’s why we need a leader like Amy Kennedy, who has actually stood with black leaders and has committed to making real structural change to improve Black lives and the lives of all South Jersey working people” said Pastor Francois. “Moving beyond sanctimonious rhetoric and cliche trivialities, Amy has embodied racial justice when the camera was not watching. She has boldly and consistently stood with us in calling for equity and justice during this time of crisis.But more than that, Amy has listened, with empathy and solidarity, to the voices of people who are too often abandoned and rendered voiceless in the political process and in the halls of power. As congresswoman, she will bring the people of our region together, and together, move us all forward.”
Amy Kennedy Endorsed by Black Faith and Community Leaders in South Jersey

— Insider NJ

“Amy is committed to improving our health care system, creating good jobs, and building our economy back better and stronger after the COVID pandemic,” Hoyer said in his statement. “As a community leader who’s built an impressive coalition of support across the entire district, I know that Amy will make a fantastic Member of Congress, and she will continue the Kennedy legacy of putting her constituents first.”
Hoyer, second highest-ranking House member, endorses Amy Kennedy

— POLITICO

Kennedy, 41, grew up in this Jersey Shore outpost in a family that was politically active only at the municipal level. She spent 10 years as a public school teacher.

Now, the mother of five is running in a key congressional battleground that has the backdrop of President Trump and a Democratic vendetta to take out a once trusted ally who betrayed them.

And, in perhaps the most unusual fashion, she is running as an outsider, trying to establish a new beachhead for one of the most famous families in Democratic politics.
In South Jersey, it’s a Kennedy against a power broker favorite to challenge turncoat Rep. Van Drew

— Washington Post

“Amy Kennedy understands the challenges facing our nation and knows what it means to lead with moral clarity and strength during these unprecedented times,” said Oliver.  “She knows that we cannot move forward if we’re leaving entire communities behind and has built a diverse coalition of progressive and grassroots supporters to give South Jersey the representation it deserves. I’m proud to endorse her candidacy for Congress because I know she’s a leader who’ll get things done for the people of South Jersey.”
Sheila Oliver endorses Amy Kennedy

— New Jersey Globe

“South Jersey needs strong and compassionate leaders with integrity and commitment to community. As a former public school teacher and mental health advocate, Amy Kennedy is just the type of leader who’ll bring progressive change to South Jersey,” Murphy said.
Gov. Murphy endorses Amy Kennedy on eve of congressional debate

— Press of Atlantic City

“There is a social movement happening in our country and I know Amy believes in justice, fairness and a more inclusive democracy. It’s those values and beliefs that will serve us well in Congress,” Youngblood stated.  “South Jersey deserves a leader who will work in the interest and benefit of the people they are elected to serve and that leader is Amy Kennedy.”
Ex-Van Drew primary rival endorses Kennedy

— New Jersey Globe

“She understands that our Hispanic community has too often been ignored by our leaders,” Lopez said. “She is a tireless worker willing to represent us and she will fight for South Jersey and our diverse community.

“I’m proud to be supporting Amy as the candidate for New Jersey’s second district. Jeff Van Drew turned his back on all of South Jersey, we need a leader with integrity and compassion who is committed to serving the people. I know Amy will be a champion for Hispanic and Latino communities, for communities of color and for those who are too often overlooked,” Lopez continued.
48 Local Latino Leaders Endorse Amy Kennedy for Congress

— Front Runner NJ

“The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated countless businesses, and made it nearly impossible for them to recover. We support Amy because I know she’s willing to put small businesses before big corporations,” said Amer Kashmiri of the Atlantic City Merchant’s Association. “South Jersey was built on small and independent businesses and our communities thrive because of them. We need leaders like Amy, who will build up our economy for small businesses, for working families and for our children and their future.”
Amy Kennedy Releases Economic Policy to Rebuild South Jersey Economy

— Insider NJ

“The city of Vineland needs leaders that understand our challenges, can connect to our people, and are empathetic enough to want to listen and do something about it,” Bermudez said. “Amy Kennedy, Jack Surrency, Donna M. Pearson, and Tracey Wells-Huggins are those such people. The Column F Team has my full and unflinching support.”
Ex-Vineland mayor backs Kennedy for Congress

— New Jersey Globe

“More than ever for South Jersey and for our country, leadership matters. We need leaders at the national, state and local levels who will fight to help our country and our community build back better and stronger so that everyone has access to good-paying jobs in safe workplaces; so that children born anywhere in the district have the same chance of success; and everyone who works hard still has the right to retire with dignity.”
Two South Jerseys diverge on justice and opportunity, must become one

— Press of Atlantic City

“When we needed Amy’s voice in Atlantic City against the change of government, she was there.  And she was one of the first to show real leadership in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, said Shabazz, the 3rd ward councilman,  “She raised her voice and stood in solidarity with the Black community here in South Jersey, and she has reached out and spoken with many leaders of our community to engage in meaningful discussions about how we can take action to address systemic racism and injustice.”
Atlantic City councilman switches endorsements in NJ-2 Dem House primary

— New Jersey Globe

“When we needed Amy’s voice in Atlantic City against the change of government, she was there.  And she was one of the first to show real leadership in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, said Shabazz, the 3rd ward councilman,  “She raised her voice and stood in solidarity with the Black community here in South Jersey, and she has reached out and spoken with many leaders of our community to engage in meaningful discussions about how we can take action to address systemic racism and injustice.”
Atlantic City councilman switches endorsements in NJ-2 Dem House primary

— New Jersey Globe

“I have only recently met Amy Kennedy, but I quickly realized she is one of the bright lights of the Democratic party’s future. She is a great candidate with deep roots in the second district,” State Sen. Codey said. “She shares my commitment to helping to end the stigma of mental health issues and fighting to help those who are struggling with them.”
Codey backs Kennedy, Small

— New Jersey Globe

“The Kings and the Kennedys have always believed that every American should be able to have justice, and for generations we’ve stood side by side in that fight,” King says. “Now, I am standing on Amy’s side because she believes that all communities must be treated equally. This is a vote-by-mail election, and it’s crucial you send in your ballot to make your voice heard.”
Brigantine’s Amy Kennedy gets Martin Luther King III endorsement

— Press of Atlantic City

“The Kings and the Kennedys have always believed that every American should be able to have justice, and for generations we’ve stood side by side in that fight,” King says. “Now, I am standing on Amy’s side because she believes that all communities must be treated equally. This is a vote-by-mail election, and it’s crucial you send in your ballot to make your voice heard.”
Brigantine’s Amy Kennedy gets Martin Luther King III endorsement

— Press of Atlantic City

“Amy Kennedy is a friend, an ally and a leader in South Jersey,” said Mohammed Islam, the organization’s president. “We’re supporting Amy because of her dedication and commitment to address the challenges we face here. Amy values the diversity and culture of our community and is willing to stand up to the hateful politics we see today. We know Amy will create the change that South Jersey needs.”
Kennedy endorsed by Bangladesh Association of South Jersey

— New Jersey Globe

“Amy Kennedy has the ability to defeat the last Democrat foisted on the region by the Norcross machine, Jeff Van Drew. Her win will be a meaningful win for Democrats, and for democracy, in South Jersey.”
South Jersey Progressive Dems back Kennedy

— New Jersey Globe

“I’m proud today, to not only be putting forth a policy that will honor and protect our LGBTQ community in South Jersey and across the U.S., but also to be endorsed by the Equality PAC. We as a society, have a responsibility to address the injustices the LGBTQ community is facing, and ensure the protections they need. I look forward to working alongside LGBTQ leaders to provide leadership, legislation and community for all LGBTQ Americans.”
Amy Kennedy Releases LGBTQ Policy, Endorsed by Equality PAC

— Insider NJ


“As a lifelong resident of South Jersey, I recognize the social and economic importance of protecting our shores and our environment. For years, I’ve watched as the Trump administration stripped crucial protections against climate change and our communities will suffer because of it. I’m proud to pledge my commitment to addressing the impacts of climate change, not just on our shorelines but for our farmers and our rural communities.”
Amy Kennedy Releases Environmental Protection Policy

— Insider NJ


“Before COVID, too many people were struggling. Now we have a full-blown emergency. Real leaders serve the community not themselves,” Kennedy says in the ad as video of Van Drew shaking President Donald Trump’s hand plays.
Kennedy launches second TV ad

— New Jersey Globe


“To me, being a progressive means putting forward bold ideas to get things done on the issues that matter to my community — health care, jobs, climate change, and reforms that will clean up our politics,” said Kennedy in a press statement. “We must be willing to stand up to power and fight for what’s right for working families.”
Kennedy announces endorsement by group of 26 progressive leaders

— Press of Atlantic City


“I want to make it clear that we can’t continue to tie health insurance to employment,” Kennedy said, citing how the recent unemployment deluge has left so many uncovered for health insurance.

“We’re going to see a lot of challenges moving forward,” she predicted, with some questioning how the country can afford to make sure every American has health insurance. “I believe as many do we can’t afford not to. We see impact takes a toll on our economy. If we don’t invest in the health care system we will need to pay for it on the back end.”
Kennedy health policy would provide Medicare to all who want it

— Press of Atlantic City


“From rejecting both corporate PAC and federal lobbyist money to rolling out a comprehensive plan to fight political corruption, Amy is building a grassroots movement of small donors to change Washington,” said ECU and LAV President Tiffany Muller.
Kennedy endorsed by campaign finance reform group

— Press of Atlantic City


“Amy Kennedy understands the needs of veterans and has laid out a thoughtful and comprehensive plan that addresses the issues our community is facing,” said former Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.), who briefly served as acting U.S. Army Secretary in President Barack Obama’s administration. “Amy knows that supporting veterans is both a moral and an economic imperative. We need leaders in Congress like Amy, who are willing to make a commitment to the brave men and women who proudly serve our country.”
Kennedy announces veterans policies

— New Jersey Globe


“As the daughter of union members and a union member myself, I understand the importance of empowering our workers, expanding access to and protecting hard-earned benefits, and investing in creating good-paying jobs,” said Kennedy, a former public school teacher.  “Now, during the COVID-19 public health crisis, it is more important than ever that we have representatives in Washington fighting for the workers in our community who are risking their lives every day.”
Kennedy releases Workers’ Bill of Rights plan

— New Jersey Globe


“Our members know an advocate when they see one, and that’s what they see in Amy Kennedy,” NJEA President Marie Blistan said. “I know that Amy will keep the promises made to educators and make sure that at the end of their careers, New Jersey’s public school employees can count on retirement benefits we earn during a long career of service.”
NJEA endorses Amy Kennedy in 2nd Congressional District race

— Press of Atlantic City


“Some days, it’s hard to see a light at the end of the tunnel, but I promise you it’s there. Mental health professionals often say the most rewarding part of their job is witnessing human resiliency. Our ability to overcome obstacles is a remarkable thing. Trust the process. And remember — life doesn’t get easier, we get stronger.”
Prioritizing your family’s mental health during a pandemic, by Amy Kennedy

— Press of Atlantic City


“On Sunday, Brigantine’s Amy Kennedy, 41, won the support of Atlantic County Democrats at their convention, representing 40% of the district’s primary voters, while Longport’s Brigid Harrison, 54, has lined up the support of six smaller counties, including Cape May and Cumberland. Ocean County has yet to hold its convention.”
School’s out

— POLITICO New Jersey Playbook


Amy Kennedy’s victory at the Atlantic County Democratic convention was a victory for progressives at the grassroots level, although there were several factors in play that led to a rare loss by a candidate supported by powerbroker George Norcross.
How Amy Kennedy won

— New Jersey Globe


Atlantic County Democrats have thrown their support behind congressional candidate Amy Kennedy, potentially boosting her momentum as she battles for the nomination to run against U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew.
Amy Kennedy wins support of Atlantic County Democrats in her bid to challenge Jeff Van Drew

— The Philadelphia Inquirer


Amy Kennedy has a new digital ad portraying Brigid Harrison and Rep. Jeff Van Drew as Game of Thrones characters, with Democratic powerbroker George Norcross ruling from the Iron Throne.
“George Norcross is twisting arms and rigging the primary with back room deals for Brigid Harrison, the same way he did for Jeff Van Drew,” said Josh Roesch, Kennedy’s campaign manager. And we know how well that turned out.”
Roesch says that Norcross “rigged this election last time for Jeff Van Drew, who turned out to be a Republican.”
Kennedy uses Game of Thrones ad to attack Norcross, Harrison

— New Jersey Globe


Kennedy has come to be seen as the leading “outsider” candidate, despite her pedigree as a member of a Democratic royal family. She has significant name recognition and the potential to tap into a powerful national fund-raising network tied to her husband, former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy. Other candidates include Atlantic County Freeholder Ashley Bennett and Will Cunningham, a former Booker staffer.
Brigid Callahan Harrison is the Democratic front-runner to challenge Jeff Van Drew. How much time does she actually spend in the district?

— The Philadelphia Inquirer


The Communications Workers of America have endorsed Amy Kennedy for the Democratic nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 2nd district. “Amy Kennedy is a rock star,” said CWA New Jersey area director Hetty Rosenstein. “Kennedy is unbought and unbossed, she’s unequivocally pro-union, and she’s the perfect candidate to defeat Jeff Van Drew this November to turn that seat back.”
CWA endorses Amy Kennedy for Congress

— New Jersey Globe


“I’m so proud to receive the endorsement of the members of CWA in South Jersey,” Kennedy said in a statement. “Congress needs to make it easier for workers to organize and grow unions to increase workers’ bargaining power. And when corporations violate workers’ rights, we need to hold them accountable.”
Kennedy gets Communications Workers of America endorsement

— The Press of Atlantic City


The Kennedy Campaign released a Anzalone Liszt Grove Research Polling Memo on the 2nd CD race, showing Amy Kennedy with a lead in head-to-head polling, as well as higher favorability and name recognition, than the other candidates in the race.
Kennedy Campaign: Anzalone Liszt Grove Research Polling Memo Shows Lead in Head-to-Head Polling

— Insider NJ


Rep. Jeff Van Drew’s switch from being a Democrat to a Republican left many in New Jersey upset. What followed is a large number of candidates vying for the Democratic nomination. One of the current front runners is Amy Kennedy. What separates her from the rest and what is her plan to beat Van Drew? And Kent Manahan talks to former Govs. Kean and Whitman about why the census is so important.
Another Challenger in NJ’s 2nd Congressional District

— New Jersey Public Media


Democratic congressional candidate Amy Kennedy, of Brigantine, released a policy on fighting political corruption this past week, which received kudos from the electoral reform group End Citizens United.
Kennedy, Harrison duel over policies, endorsements

— The Press of Atlantic City


“Amy Kennedy, a former public school teacher and the wife of former congressman Patrick J. Kennedy (D-R.I.), announced Monday that she is running for the congressional seat occupied by Rep. Jeff Van Drew, the freshman lawmaker from New Jersey who opposed impeachment and switched his party affiliation to Republican.”
Amy Kennedy announces bid for N.J. House seat held by Van Drew, who switched parties after impeachment

— The Washington Post


“The field of Democrats vying to oust Representative Jeff Van Drew got more crowded on Monday as Amy Kennedy, the wife of former Representative Patrick Kennedy, entered the race, bringing the instant name recognition of a political dynasty to the New Jersey congressional race.”
Kennedy Family Member Joins N.J. Race Against Democratic Defector Jeff Van Drew

— The New York Times


“Kennedy, a yearslong resident of Brigantine, north of Atlantic City, highlighted the economy and environmental issues in the minutelong video announcing her run. She also criticized the president and Van Drew for contributing to a decline in morality in public discourse.”
Amy Kennedy to run against party-switching
US Rep. Van Drew

— The Associated Press


“Kennedy — a former public-school teacher who currently is education director of the Kennedy Forum, where she advocates for policy change in education and mental health — joins five other candidates in the Democratic primary, where tension between establishment Democrats and progressives is running high.”
Democrat Amy Kennedy will run for Jeff Van Drew’s New Jersey congressional seat

— Philadelphia Inquirer


“I wanted to work for the person who I thought would best represent the district I grew up in. I know Amy Kennedy’s that candidate because she’s dedicated to serving people in our community and doing what’s right,” said Roesch. “Amy Kennedy won’t turn her back on South Jersey families like mine.”
Kennedy hires Van Drew’s old campaign manager

— New Jersey Globe


“Roesch praised Kennedy as ‘a public school teacher, mental health advocate, and a mom of 5 that will never stop fighting for [South Jersey.]'”
Van Drew’s ex-campaign manager working for Democrat running against him

— The Hill


“Speaking at tonight’s Indivisible rally in a parking lot adjacent to the boardwalk, Democrat Amy Kennedy stood with Martin Luther King III as she channeled a variation on the words of her late father-in-law in defiance of the developing rally for President Donald J. Trump a block away.”
Defiant Kennedy Tells Protesters
that ‘The Dream Goes on”

— InsiderNJ


“Kennedy, a fourth generation resident of south Jersey, sees the race as ‘a unique opportunity to marry both my last name with my local roots.'”
Women Rule Podcast

— POLITICO


“A heritage of political giants, like John, Bobby, and Ted Kennedy, who inspired millions of young people to become involved in the political process. Ms. Kennedy recognizes what her last name means, not just across South Jersey, but also the entire country.”
Young People, Vote for Amy Kennedy: The Candidate We Deserve

— InsiderNJ


“In South Jersey, mental health and substance abuse are core concerns for voters, making it a key issue for Democratic candidates vying to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew in the state’s 2nd Congressional District.
Amy Kennedy, one of those candidates, hosted a panel discussion Thursday morning at Enlightened Cafe in Ventnor to coincide with the rollout of her plan on the issues.”
Forum focuses on mental health, substance abuse

— The Press of Atlantic City