Democrat Andy Kim's campaign blew into South Jersey again today, with a call for more volunteers and the candidate bragging about how much out-of-state and Washington-DC-Beltway money he's trousered. Kim is the helicopter candidate from DC, popping in to lecture the voters here, putting in a day of campaigning, then popping back to his million dollar pad in Washington, DC.
Along the way he throws up a lot of dust in voter's eyes. His campaign communications reference war zones and the military so much that the folks we talk to -- average voters in the 3rd congressional district -- are under the impression that Andy Kim was a soldier. Maybe that's by design. Maybe Andy Kim's campaign set out to fool them into thinking that, but let's give Andy the benefit of the doubt and just say it is a false impression that voters are forming.
No, Andy Kim did not serve a day in uniform. His campaign just kind of pretends. Yeah, kind of sad, but you know how it is...
In the midst of all this, Democrat Andy Kim forgot an important date. The 45th anniversary of the murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster. Now it's not really Andy Kim's fault -- because he doesn't really live in New Jersey and how is he supposed to remember an insider Jersey thing like that?
A memorial page, maintained by law enforcement officers for their murdered compatriots, explains as follows:
"Trooper Werner Foerster was shot and killed with his own service weapon after backing up another trooper who had stopped a vehicle containing two men and a woman on New Jersey Turnpike.
The subjects started struggling with the troopers and were able to disarm Trooper Foerster. One of the men opened fire, killing Trooper Foerster and wounding the other trooper. Despite the wounds, the other trooper was able to return fire and killed one of the subject.
The three subjects were members of the Black Liberation Army. The two surviving subjects were convicted of Trooper Foerster's murder, but the female suspect escaped from prison in 1979 and fled to Cuba, where she has remained at large.
...An accomplice who helped the female subject escape was placed on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list in 1982. He was arrested in 1986 for his involvement in the 1981 murders of two Nyack, New York, police officers.
Trooper Foerster had served with the New Jersey State Police Department for almost three years. He is survived by his wife and two children and is buried in Washington Monumental Cemetery, South River, New Jersey.
The Route 18 overpass on the New Jersey Turnpike was dedicated the Werner Foerster Overpass in his honor.
The Black Liberation Army was a violent, radical group that attempted to fight for independence from the United States government in the late 1960's and early 1970's. The BLA was responsible for the murders of more than 10 police officers around the country. They were also responsible for violent attacks around the country that left many police officers wounded."
If you want to know why the FBI named the accomplice, Joanne Chesimard (aka Assata Shakur), as its most wanted "terrorist", you need go no further than the first paragraph of the group's activities in its Wikipedia entry:
"According to a Justice Department report on BLA activity, the Black Liberation Army was suspected of involvement in over 70 incidents of violence between 1970 and 1976. The Fraternal Order of Police blamed the BLA for the murders of 13 police officers.
On October 22, 1970, the BLA was believed to have planted a bomb in St. Brendan's Church in San Francisco while it was full of mourners attending the funeral of San Francisco police officer Harold Hamilton, who had been killed in the line of duty while responding to a bank robbery."
Unfortunately, Joanne Chesimard -- the accomplice in the murder of Werner Foerster -- still has some admirers here in New Jersey. Yep, the organization that put together the famous "Women's March" in 2017 and again, earlier this year, "honored" Chesimard (Assata Shakur). Referring to her as a "revolutionary" whose words "inspire us to keep resisting", the Women's March organization issued a statement "celebrating" Ms. Chesimard's birthday.
The Star-Ledger reported on this:
Crazy stuff. But it appears that Democrat congressional candidate Andy Kim knows these people too. Right after Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump, Andy Kim went to work forming his own political action committee. Kim's group supported the activities of organizations like the Women's March, Action Together, The Resistance, Fight Trump, and the Love Army. Kim reports his involvement, as required by federal law, on his personal financial disclosure with Congress.
So none of this should come as a surprise to anyone. This isn't "new" information. That's why we are curious that Andy Kim, a self-described "foreign policy expert", has never had anything to say about the terrorist Joanne Chesimard, whose "work" is so admired by organizations that Kim supports.
As an expert, Andy Kim must know that Chesimard's presence in Cuba is a major stumbling block to better relations between that nation and ours. Do you have any thoughts on the matter, Andy?
And with the anniversary of the murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster so recent, isn't it appropriate for congressional candidate Andy Kim to say something?