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Politics Six resign from Rep. Jeff Van Drew's staff as Democrat plans to leave party

08:10  16 december  2019
08:10  16 december  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

Rep. Jeff Van Drew, anti-impeachment Democrat, expected to switch parties after Trump meeting

  Rep. Jeff Van Drew, anti-impeachment Democrat, expected to switch parties after Trump meeting Trump met with Van Drew on Friday at the White House and urged him to join the GOP; the New Jersey congressman is now believed to be strongly considering the offer.

WASHINGTON — Representative Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, a moderate Democrat who is among his party ’ s staunchest opponents of impeaching President Trump, told aides on Saturday that he is planning to switch parties and declare himself a Republican as soon as next week

Jefferson H. Van Drew (born February 23, 1953) is an American dentist and politician, serving as the U. S . Representative for New Jersey' s 2nd congressional district since 2019.

Six staff members said Sunday that they are resigning from the office of Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J., office over reports that he plans to switch parties because he opposes impeachment of President Donald Trump.

a group of people holding wine glasses: Image: Jeff Van Drew© Alex Wong Image: Jeff Van Drew

In a letter to his chief of staff, five of the employees said Van Drew's decision "does not align with the values we brought to this job when we joined his office."

The staffers said they respect Van Drew but "can no longer in good conscience continue our service."

Rep. Jeff Van Drew, opposed to impeachment, expected to leave Democratic Party

  Rep. Jeff Van Drew, opposed to impeachment, expected to leave Democratic Party The lawmaker from southern New Jersey is expected to struggle to win re-election as a Democrat.A Democratic congressman from a swing district in southern New Jersey — who has been outspoken in his opposition to President Donald Trump's impeachment — is likely to leave the party, sources told NBC News on Saturday.

Jeff Van Drew , D-N.J., have resigned after the congressman met with President Trump Saturday to discuss switching political parties . Jeff van drew amid plans to switch to GOP. Van Drew has been one of only two Democrats to vote Among those leaving Van Drew ' s staff Sunday

Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, a vocally anti-impeachment Democrat , will join the Republican Party in One, businessman David Richter, has signaled plans to self-fund an aggressive campaign. Van Drew denied Tuesday that he was switching parties as he confirmed he would ultimately vote against

A sixth staffer later confirmed to NBC News that she is also leaving his office. The staff members include Van Drew's legislative director, communications director and director of constituency relations.

The departures were first reported by Politico.

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Cheri Bustos, chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, offered the staffers work with the party's campaign arm until they find new jobs that "align with their values."

Two Democratic leadership sources told NBC News on Saturday that Van Drew was expected to change his registration to the Republican Party.

The decision came after Van Drew voted against moving forward with the impeachment inquiry, saying testimony presented during House hearings hadn't persuaded him.

Speaking Sunday on ABC's "This Week," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., suggested that polls showed that Van Drew had lost support of Democratic voters who elected him in 2016.

An internal poll conducted for Van Drew this month and obtained by NBC News showed that just 28 percent of Democratic respondents said he deserved to be renominated. Nearly 60 percent said someone else should be the party's nominee.

Jeff Van Drew: 'Final sign' for him to switch parties was being told he had to vote for impeachment .
New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew said the "final sign" for him to switch parties was being told that he had to vote in support of impeachment of President Donald Trump. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Van Drew recalled how he was told by a New Jersey Democratic county party chair that he would not be successful in winning reelection if he votes "no" on impeachment. "One of the county chairman came to me and said, 'I have to speak with you.

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