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“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