South Jersey bishop says he’s a congressional contender

One of Camille Andrews’s first district congressional primary challengers issued a press release today saying that he plans on being

One of Camille Andrews’s first district congressional primary challengers issued a press release today saying that he plans on being a “serious challenger.”

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Bishop David G. Evans, Pastor of the Bethany Baptist Church in Lindenwold, praised Andrews’s husband, who’s dropping out of the congressional race to challenge incumbent Frank Lautenberg in the senate primary.

Andrews told the Star-Ledger that she’s a real candidate, although she acknowledged that she will step aside if asked by party leadership. South Jersey Democratic sources maintain that she likely will be asked to step aside after the primary.

Evans serves as the Presiding Prelate of the Abundant Harvest Ministries, which claims 100,000 congregants. He’s also a commissioner for the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway Commission, a trustee for the Garden State Arts Foundation and as a board member for several other non-profit organizations.

“I am entering this race not only to expand upon the excellent work that Congressman Andrews has provided for Southern New Jersey citizens over the past 18 years, but to also chart a new comprehensive course in the way we approach the common issues affecting our communities throughout Southern New Jersey,” said Evans.

Camille Andrews said yesterday that she would be willing to debate her primary challengers.

Other Democrats who filed Monday are Camden resident Mahdi Ibn-Ziyad and Blackwood resident John Caramanna.

South Jersey bishop says he’s a congressional contender