Gym Owner Who Defied Unlawful Government Order Is Running For Congress

( Remember the New Jersey gym owner who defied orders from Governor Phil Murphy to shut down his gym…on several occasions?

Well, he’s running for Congress – and he’s running on an anti-lockdown platform.

Ian Smith, who is the co-owner of the famous Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, announced on Twitter that he’s running for office and that his first campaign event would take place on Thursday. He encouraged people to join him at VFW Post at 5 pm for his formal campaign announcement to take the seat for New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District.

Smith will be campaigning to unseat Democratic Rep. Andy Kim, who was elected to Congress in 2018 for the first time.

In a tweet on Thursday, he announced that he would be running to unseat Kim.

“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,” he said.

Smith was all over the news in May of 2020, along with the co-owner of his gym Frank Trumbetti, when he repeatedly refused to close his gym despite orders from the state governor, Phil Murphy. Video footage showed how police officers attended the and forced people to leave, but Murphy kept opening it up and allowing people to go inside and work out. He was arrested in July of 2020 for defying the order and was given several dozen municipal citations.

And when people raised $173,000 in an online fundraiser to help the gym pay the fines, the money was seized by the state of New Jersey. He then had his business license revoked.

Winning a seat in Congress would be some poetic justice.