On Friday, Democratic Senator Andy Kim announced his intention to launch a challenge against Democratic Senator Bob Menendez.
In front of approximately 250 supporters, Kim hosted his first official campaign event at a brewery in South Jersey.
In September, Menendez faced an indictment on bribery allegations pertaining to businessmen from New Jersey and the Egyptian government.
Kim was among those who initially demanded his resignation. Next day, Kim declared his intention to challenge the senator to the nomination.
On all counts, Menendez has entered a not-guilty plea.
“It doesn’t have to be this broken politics where you just have people putting their own personal ambition ahead of what’s good for this country. It’s about being a decent human being — a decent human being that treats other people with respect.” Kim said at a recent event.
Menendez has not declared his intention to run for re-election, but he has also declined to vacate his seat early.
Kim bemoans the fact that 84% of New Jersey residents consider the state’s legislators to be corrupt on his campaign website.
From July 1 to September 30, Kim has generated $1.2 million in revenue, surpassing Menendez’s.
In contrast, Menendez amassed $919,000 and has only raised $130,000 since the 30th of September, when his criminal charges were dismissed.