New Jersey Democrat congressman announces primary challenge against indicted Sen. Bob Menendez
Menendez has represented New Jersey in the Senate since 2006, while Kim was elected to the House in 2018.
New Jersey Democrat Rep. Andy Kim launched a primary challenge against indicted Sen. Bob Menendez, who has refused to resign after he and his wife were both charged in connection to an alleged bribery scheme benefiting the Egyptian government.
"After calls to resign, Senator Menendez said 'I am not going anywhere.' As a result, I feel compelled to run against him. Not something I expected to do, but NJ deserves better. We cannot jeopardize the Senate or compromise our integrity," Kim said Saturday on X, formerly Twitter.
Kim, whose district encompasses the central portion of New Jersey, is one of 12 people in the U.S. House representing the state.
Other New Jersey Democrats, including Rep. Josh Gottheimer and Gov. Phil Murphy, have also demanded Menendez's resignation.
Menendez has represented New Jersey in the Senate since 2006, and he is up for reelection in 2024. Kim, meanwhile, was elected to the House in 2018.