BURLINGTON COUNTY, NJ – In mid-September, former Burlington County Freeholder Kate Gibbs announced she was considering a campaign for Congress in New Jersey’s Third District.  Yesterday, Gibbs, a Republican, took it a step further and proclaimed her candidacy in the race against incumbent Congressman Andy Kim, a Democrat.

 “They said little girls like me aren’t supposed to grow up and go to Washington, well we’re going to change that,” said Gibbs in a Facebook video.

In announcing her candidacy, Gibbs shared that she was raised by a single mother and is the first to graduate from college in her family. As a freeholder, Gibbs says she worked to “cut taxes, improved school security, made life easier for working moms, and guaranteed equal pay for equal work.”

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Before formalizing her campaign intentions, Gibbs put together an Exploratory Committee. The Third Congressional District constituency includes voters from both Burlington and Ocean counties.

In September, Gibbs was at a candidates’ breakfast organized by the Ocean County Federation of Republican Women. She also appeared in photographs with the Ocean County Republican Organization during the following month.  Additionally, Gibbs showed support for the Burlington County Republican candidates during this past election.

“Like so many of you, I’ve had enough of politicians who whine about everything, while doing absolutely nothing. Sitting on the sidelines waiting for someone else to fix it isn’t my style,” shared Gibbs yesterday.

According to Gibbs, she feels her real-life experience working with a labor union will bring labor and business together.  Her focus is on creating jobs, building the infrastructure and growing the economy.

 Barnegat’s Deputy Mayor John Novak’s congressional candidacy announcement came out last week. He was the first Republican to reveal his intentions to oust Kim. He shared his opinion about Gibbs entering the race.

“My opponent is young and energetic and has a future,” shared Novak. “After acquiring some experience and taking definitive stands on important issues, she may very well go far someday.”

“This campaign is about courage and honesty,” Novak continued. “I am not the polished, scripted teleprompter inspired politician that is all too prevalent these days. Nobody leaves a conversation with John Novak saying, "I wonder what he really meant."

In a recent interview, Novak revealed his stance on several issues he feels impact CD-3.  Novak said, “Anyone who wants to know where I stand on the First Amendment, Second Amendment, the sanctity of life, immigration, veterans, taxes, and economic opportunities – only needs to ask.”

Incumbent Andy Kim’s office responded to a request concerning Gibbs’ announcement. ““We look forward to seeing who emerges from the Republican primary,” said campaign spokesperson Anthony DeAngelo. “Deputy Mayor Novak has made it clear to voters what he believes on key issues facing our community. In the two months since former Freeholder Gibbs has expressed interest in running, those same voters have yet to hear what she stands for and are eagerly awaiting answers.”

Gibbs did not respond to a request for commentary on Novak’s announcement or her own.

Stephanie A. Faughnan is a local journalist and Director of Writefully Inspired, a professional writing and resume service. Feel free to contact her at sfaughnan@tapinto.net.