South New Jersey Representative Jeff Van Drew will be making an official switch to the Republican party because of the years long attempt to impeach President Trump.
Rep. Van Drew represents NJ’s 2nd Congressional district, a district Trump won by 4.6%. According to Five Thirty Eight’s analysis, Van Drew only sides with Trump on votes 7.1% of the time.
ABC first reported the rumored party switch on Saturday say, “Democratic Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, who has long opposed House Democrats’ impeachment effort, discussed switching parties in a meeting with President Donald Trump.” The administration source was not named, but as more information unfolded it became obvious that this allegation was accurate.
Rep. Van Drew is one of nearly a dozen House Democrats who openly oppose the impeachment proceedings, and was one of two Democrats to oppose opening impeachment procedures.
According to Fox News, “while Van Drew has called President Trump’s conduct in relation to his July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ‘unsavory,’ he has repeatedly said he did not see evidence that would justify his removal from office.”
Van Drew would prefer letting voters decide whether Trump should be ousted in the next election saying the “Founding Fathers had vigorous debates of whether they would even allow impeachment in the Constitution.” He added, “you don’t disenfranchise voters, millions upon millions of voters. Voters choose their leaders in America.”
This comes hours after the House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment against President Trump – one for abuse of power, and one for obstruction of Congress – across party lines.
New Jersey Democratic Governor Phil Murphy released a statement saying, “Jeff Van Drew has chosen his political career over our Constitution. Despite knowing full well that the President has abused the powers of his office, Congressman Van Drew is now willing to enable Donald Trump just to try to salvage his own election.” He adds Rep. Van Drew “has long voted against core Democratic values.” Democrats do not seem like they will be missing this Representative from their caucus.
In a Tweet, President Trump said Van Drew switching parties “would be big.” He added, “always heard Jeff is very smart.”
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