BURLINGTON COUNTY, NJ – Kate Gibbs, Republican candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s Third Congressional District, released the following statement Tuesday morning:

“If anyone needed more proof that Congressman Andy Kim is far-left fanatic masquerading as a centrist, his refusal to call Qasem Soleimani a terrorist and flat out refusal to label Soleimani’s cold-blooded murder of U.S. troops as terrorism — because he’s ‘not an attorney’ — should leave no doubt. Forget politics; as an American, I am outraged.

“During Kim’s time as President Obama’s advisor, the President referred to ISIS as ‘the JV team’ and Kim still supports the failed Iran Nuclear Deal. Now, despite touting himself as an expert on Middle East policy every chance he gets, Congressman Kim’s reaction to events in the Middle East this past week haven’t offered any solutions or demonstrated any willingness to work with the President to deal with this crisis. I don’t question Congressman Kim’s experience, but I question his courage to lead. How about instead of looking the other way while your party’s presidential nominees are quicker to condemn our American President than they are a murderous terrorist like Qasem Soleimani, you call them out and take a stand like the independent voice you claim to be? In other words, Congressman Kim, abandon your lay low, back bench approach and actually lead on something of significance — even if it frustrates your far-left base.”