TOMS RIVER, NJ-Congressman Andy Kim (D-NJ3) solidified himself behind Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer’s anti-Trump, anti-border wall agenda and broke rank with his fellow newly elected Democrats today.
Three of Kim’s New Jersey peers in Congress broke ranks with the Pelosi-Schumer charade today, including Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ2), Mikki Sherrill (D-NJ11) and Tom Malinowski (D-NJ7).
The Congressional vote today was 214 in favor of extending the shutdown for Department of Homeland Security workers and 204, against. All Republicans in the house voted to end the shutdown and 13 Democrats nationwide broke ranks with Schumer and Pelosi.
The federal government is the largest employer in Kim’s district, which is home to Joint Base MDL. Kim’s vote against sending workers back to work in his district contradicts his past statements of working on a bi-partisan solution to end the crisis.
On Sunday, Kim will be meeting with constituents in Browns Mills at 5pm at town hall, located on 40 Arbutus Street, near the Joint Base. The event is open to the public and Kim will be taking questions from residents and those in Browns Mills most affected by the shutdown, which he voted to prolong.
Today’s measure was a vote to pay federal workers in the Department of Homeland Security who are currently furloughed in an attempt to get those workers back on the job, Kim refused.