Van Drew on Wednesday broke with his party and voted against impeaching Trump — a move that bolstered GOP attempts to depict Democrats as divided on the matter. Republicans voted unanimously against it. Van Drew had been facing the possibility of an uphill Democratic primary, including a challenge from Brigid Harrison, a Montclair State University political science professor who is frequently quoted in local press and had secured the backing of top local Democrats, including the New Jersey senate president. Patrick Kennedy, is also considering a run. The year-old Van Drew had been a conservative state senator before he joined Congress, bucking Democrats on issues including gun control and gay marriage.
Garden State Equality wants Van Drew to disavow N.J. Family First mailer
South Jersey voters split over Van Drew joining GOP - WHYY
A marriage equality group wants Sen. Jeff Van Drew to disavow a mailer sent out by a group favoring traditional marriage. The mailer, sent out by a group called N. Family First, which opposes same-sex marriage, backs Van Drew, and says he is in favor of traditional marriage. Same-sex marriage supporters Garden State Equality labeled the mailer homophobic and called on Van Drew, who is seeking re-election in a district targeted by the GOP, to disavow any connection with the mailer. Imagine the impact this has on young children of LGBT couples who had to read it when they arrived home from school. According to Stevenson, the Republican challengers in LD 1 came out in support of marriage equality after GSE had decided not to issue election endorsements, but as a result of this mailer, GSE may hold an emergency board meeting to reconsider its endorsements.
Rep. Jeff Van Drew, Who Switched Parties To Support Trump, Faces Tight Re-Election Battle In NJ
Through nearly 30 years as a mayor, county freeholder and state lawmaker, Jeff Van Drew has always been a Democrat. News of the switch, which Van Drew is yet to formally announce, came shortly after the congressman said he would oppose impeaching President Trump in a vote expected this week. Tell spoke on her way out of a Wawa in Dennis Township, the town where Van Drew lives and started his political career.
Van Drew on Wednesday broke with his party and voted against impeaching Trump — a move that bolstered GOP attempts to depict Democrats as divided on the matter. Republicans voted unanimously against it. The year-old Van Drew had been a conservative state senator before he joined Congress, bucking Democrats on issues including gun control and gay marriage. His district has become increasingly conservative, with Trump carrying it narrowly in after Barack Obama won it in and