BARNEGAT – Southern Ocean County Democrats will be hosting a rally and meet-and-greet featuring congressional candidates Andy Kim and Jeff Van Drew on September 16th, according to a statement from a party official.

In CD3, which spans large portions of Ocean and Burlington counties, Kim is challenging incumbent Republican Congressman Tom MacArthur. Amid an ad war taking place between Kim and MacArthur in the final stretches of the congressional campaign, recent polling data suggests that the race could be tight.

Over in the 2nd congressional district, New Jersey State Senator Jeff Van Drew is going up against Seth Grossman. The CD2 race has been shaped by Congressman Frank LoBiondo’s retirement, with the incumbent leaving the seat vacant after last year announcing his intent not to seek reelection.

Van Drew currently has a fundraising edge over Grossman, with over $600K in the bank compared to the Republican candidate’s $80K in campaign funds.

Senator Menendez

Senator Bob Menendez may also be making an appearance at the southern Ocean County event. According to¬† Barnegat Democratic Club Vice President Marianne P. Clemente, Senator Bob Menendez has also been invited to the event and is “likely to attend.”

In addition to the congressional candidates, Ocean County Freeholder candidates Teddy Price and Vince Minichino will be in attendance along with county surrogate candidate Kieran Pillion, according to event organizers.

“If you live in Ocean County, particularly in CD3 and CD2, please take advantage of the opportunity and come and meet these candidates up-close and personal on Sunday, September 16 at 4:30,” Clemente said in a press release.

The event will take place at the Barnegat Township Community / Recreation Center, located at 900 West Bay Avenue in Barnegat.

CORRECTION: This article has been updated to reflect that Kieran Pillion is running for county surrogate, not county clerk as originally reported.

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