Amy Kennedy Cancels All Public Events, Quarantines After Contact with COVID-19 Positive Individual

By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor

SOUTH JERSEY — Amy Kennedy, the Democratic challenger in New Jersey’s Second Congressional District House race, has canceled all of her upcoming public events after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Kennedy, who is vying to unseat Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-2) in one of the nation’s most tightly-contested House races, will follow New Jersey state protocols and self-quarantine, according to her Twitter page. The challenger tested negative for COVID-19 and is currently feeling no symptoms.

“I will be getting tested again in the coming days and will be following all safety guidelines as we continue to work hard (virtually) to make sure every voice is heard tomorrow,” Kennedy said on Twitter.

Kennedy, a former teacher at Northfield Community Schools in Atlantic County, is running for public office to represent New Jersey’s Second Congressional District as a Democrat. Van Drew was elected as a Democrat in 2018, but his switch to the Republican party and subsequent support for President Donald Trump is undoubtedly a major storyline in this election cycle. New Jersey’s Second Congressional District was solidly blue at the time of Van Drew’s election, but his switch to the other side of the aisle has shaken up the region’s political landscape. Kennedy is married to Patrick Kennedy — a former United States Congressman who’s the son of late U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy.

A poll of 676 likely voters released last Thursday by Stockton University indicated that Kennedy holds a one-percentage point lead (46-45) over Van Drew. The poll’s margin of error, however, is 3.7%. Polling of 588 voters from Monmouth University released in early October showed Kennedy with a five-point (49-44) lead over the incumbent.

We’ll update this story with more information as it becomes available.

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