New Jersey Outsider Enters House Race

A New Jersey gym owner who became known during the pandemic for defying the state’s COVID-19 closures is running for the U.S. House.

Ian Smith, the owner of Atlis Gym in Bellmawr, announced on Twitter on Sunday that he is seeking to oust Rep. Andy Kim (D-N.J.) to represent New Jersey’s third congressional district in Washington.

Smith said he will formally unveil his campaign on Thursday. “I am truly excited to have the possibility to serve the people of NJ with a platform focused on liberty, small government, and America First policies,” Smith wrote in a tweet.

The gym owner made headlines throughout the pandemic for refusing to comply with Gov. Phil Murphy’s (D-N.J.) COVID-19 mitigation measures, including a mandate that gyms keep their indoor spaces closed to the public.

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