U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-2) is taking a hard look at that senate seat that Democrats can’t untangle from Bob Menendez, says a source.
The feds indicted Menendez last week, but he insists on remaining in power over calls for him to resign.
Van Drew, a former Democrat turned Trump county rock-ribbed Republican, hails from Cape May County.
Donald Trump’s most vocal and sustained ally in New Jersey, his allies see him as particularly advantageously footed to make the case against Democrats.
It would be a hard statewide bench press for the South Jerseyan, but he would have the boost of a stout political alliance with Trump, if Trump occupies the top of the ticket. When Trump was president, he came to Wildwood expressly to offer a personal, open-armed welcome of Van Drew to the GOP.
The troubled former president leads most Republican polls for the nomination of his party in a 2024 rematch with incumbent President Joe Biden.
A couple of other GOP sources who might have otherwise been interested in running statewide next year confessed to InsiderNJ that they didn’t want the headache of the indicted former prez in the same cycle, let alone on the same ticket.
Van Drew, once kicked around as a potential VP candidate for Trump, has jumped into the roiling waters of Trump world with relish.
Just last week, the GOP congressman grilled Attorney General Merrick Garland in the House Judiciary Committee hearing on the internal memo labeling Catholics as violent extremists.