Democrat Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ) has announced that he is launching a primary challenge for the Senate seat of embattled Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ).
Kim announced the move on Saturday amid the scandal surrounding Menendez’s indictment on multiple federal bribery charges.
The congressman launched his campaign in the state’s Democrat primary ahead of the 2024 election.
Kim is among a growing chorus of Democrats calling for Menendez to resign over the alleged corruption.
Kim announced his campaign in a post on Twitter/X, writing:
“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.”
The account’s bio was also updated to read:
“Running to represent New Jersey in the United States Senate.
“Dad to two troublemakers.
“Whether you vote for me or not, I work for you.”
Menendez was charged through an unsealed indictment Friday in the Southern District of New York.
He is accused of allegedly agreeing to use his official position to benefit New Jersey businessmen Wael Hana, Jose Uribe, and Fred Daibes and Egypt’s government in exchange