New Jersey Working Families State Director Sue Altman issued a statement this afternoon in response to reports about the imminent defection of U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew from the Democratic Party.
“This is a direct result of the South Jersey Democratic machine’s power- a machine that engineered Van Drew’s rise knowing his values were out of step with the party. Democratic boss and Mar-A-Lago member George Norcross groomed Van Drew from township committee to Freeholder to State Senate to Congress.
“Norcross was responsible for Van Drew’s ascent, and we should blame him for Van Drew’s defection to Trump as well. This is also a black eye for the DCCC and the County Party Chairs in South Jersey, who backed Van Drew against primary opponents who might have actually behaved like a Democrat.
The Washington Post today reported – and a source on the ground confirmed – that U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-2) is poised to become a Republican.
This from the Post: “President Trump on Friday personally urged a vocally anti-impeachment Democrat, Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, to switch parties — a request he is now believed to be strongly considering.”
The full story – complete with toughened language which makes it appear all but inevitable that the congressman intends to change party affiliation – can be found here.
Van Drew was one of two Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives to oppose pursuing articles of impeachment against the President.
The congressman subsequently faced the possible withdrawal of establishment Democratic Party support if he moved ahead with voting no impeachment. Several Democrats have stepped forward and shown interest in running against him if he decides to oppose the impeachment of Trump.
The district itself leans Republican, and Van Drew lost his former Democratic running mates this year as they tried to carry on without him in the 1st Legislative District.
This past week he said he does indeed intend to vote against impeaching Trump, which hastened the President’s efforts to pull Van Drew into the Republican Party.