I’m running for Congress because you deserve a government that works for you. You deserve leaders that put your priorities first and fight for what you need.
As I’ve traveled around New Jersey, people everywhere, regardless of their political leanings, have told me that they are worried about their future. Too many of us have been left behind. I’ve heard too many stories about people, many with pre-existing conditions, living with constant fear of losing their health care or being forced to pay skyrocketing premiums they can’t afford. The economic recovery has forgotten too many of our towns, replaced instead by persistent unemployment, a devastating opioid crisis, and struggling communities still in need of help after Superstorm Sandy. Most of us just want stability in our lives, but every morning brings new crises and scandals to our country, and terrorism and violence around the world seem to be only getting worse. You deserve better.
I’m ready to stand up and fight for the people of the Jersey Third. I am focused first and foremost on you, your family, and your community.
I grew up in the Third District. It's where I hit my first home run, earned my first paycheck, and received an incredible public school education that helped me become a Rhodes Scholar, a diplomat, and a father.
I took what I learned in New Jersey to serve our nation as a career public servant. From the White House I helped our nation lead a global war against ISIS, from our U.S. military headquarters in Afghanistan I served as a strategic adviser to Generals David Petraeus and John Allen, and from the Pentagon I helped our nation build a strong military and provide for our brave service men and women. I was a career public servant, not a political appointee, and I’m proud of having worked with both Democrats and Republicans focused on keeping our nation safe. I have and always will put the nation and the American people above politics.
My wonderful wife Kammy and I have a trouble-making two year old boy named Austin with another little guy on the way. Being a young family is an adventure every day. When my parents were my age, they were a young family who moved my sister and me to the Jersey Third because of the strong public schools. My parents, both immigrants who moved to America to build a better life, never had much money in the bank, but they worked hard to provide a stable and secure future for us. I will never forget what they and the supportive community here in New Jersey did for me.