GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP - The newest member of America's most famous political family slept right through his first press conference.
Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy and his wife, Amy Kennedy, a sixth-grade teacher at the Northfield Community School, left the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center this morning with their first child Owen Patrick Kennedy.
Owen, wrapped in white clothing slept as his parents and older sister Harper, 4, posed for pictures and spoke to the media.
Kennedy, 44, the son of the late U.S. Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy, was dressed in a sport coat and jeans and cracked a few jokes before the couple departed to their Brigantine home.
"People asked me what the sex of the baby would be. I told them I don't know if it will be a boy or a girl but I know it'll be one thing, that's a Democrat," he said. "Brigantine needs some more Democrats. We're doing our part for the local Democratic Party."
The couple also had a name picked out for a girl, and Amy Kennedy said they may use it in the future as they hope to have more children. This is the couple’s first child. Harper is Petitgout’s child from another marriage.
Kennedy, who served in the House of Representatives from 1995 to 2011 after not seeking re-election in 2010, said they decided on Owen because it was the one name his family hadn't used yet.
"We're adding new members to our family every day," he said. "I'm happy to do my part."
The couple, who married in July, met at a function sponsored by the Arc of Atlantic County in 2010 at which Kennedy was being honored. Since leaving Congress in 2011, Kennedy has been campaigning to boost brain research. His father died of brain cancer in 2009.
The Arc's Executive Director Debbie Davies presented the family with a onesie that read "Made Possible by The Arc of Atlantic County."
Owen was born at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, weighing 6 pounds, 15 ounces and 19.5 inches long. He and his mother are healthy and doing well, Kennedy said.
"Owen is OK," he said. "That's his initials. He'll be OK for life."
Dr. Blair Bergen, chair of the hospital's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, led the delivery team and the family praised the care they received at the hospital.
"We wanted to thank AtlantiCare," Kennedy said. "They're a wonderful establishment."