This story originally appeared on 6abc.
Congressman Andy Kim announced on Saturday he plans to challenge recently indicted Senator Bob Menendez to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate.
Kim released the following statement on his plans:
“After calls to resign, Senator Menendez said ‘I am not going anywhere.’ As a result, I feel compelled to run against him. This is not something I expected to do, but I believe New Jersey deserves better. We cannot jeopardize the Senate or compromise our country’s integrity. I believe it’s time we restore faith in our democracy, and that’s why I am stepping up and running for Senate.”
Kim was first elected to Congress in 2018 and is the first Asian American elected to federal office from New Jersey.
The congressman currently lives in Moorestown, Burlington County, with his wife and two sons.
Kim’s challenge comes just after a federal grand jury in New York returned a sweeping indictment against Menendez in connection with improper foreign relations and business dealings.
The investigation focused on a luxury car, gold bars and an apartment allegedly received by Menendez and his wife, Nadine Arslanian. His wife was also indicted.