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Politics Trump to reward party-swapper Van Drew with New Jersey rally

04:20  07 january  2020
04:20  07 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

Van Drew’s party switch upends GOP primary race

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Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey , who emerged in recent weeks as an anti-impeachment Democrat, switched parties Thursday to join the GOP, one day after he opposed both articles of impeachment against President Trump — and following weeks of courting by the president, allies of the president

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is making a campaign stop in deep-blue New Jersey later this month to reward U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew for switching parties and voting against his impeachment.

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2019 photo, President Donald Trump meets with Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J., who is planning to switch his party affiliation, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.  Drew changing his party was one of the top news stories in New Jersey in 2019. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)© Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2019 photo, President Donald Trump meets with Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J., who is planning to switch his party affiliation, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Drew changing his party was one of the top news stories in New Jersey in 2019. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

Trump will travel to Wildwood, New Jersey, in Van Drew's district on Jan. 28 to hold a rally, his campaign announced.

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Trump quickly embraced Van Drew on Thursday, endorsing him and calling him “highly respected.“ Van Drew was first elected to the House in 2018 in a Southern New Jersey district that voted for Trump in 2016. “I don’t know how, as a Democrat, you could have won in that district very well.

Van Drew — a Democrat at the moment — has made headlines recently for his vocal reluctance of backing a Trump impeachment. Also on Tuesday, Van Drew was also removed from the Blue Dog Coalition, a congressional caucus made up of moderate Democrats who are fiscally conservative.

Trump endorsed the Democrat-turned-Republican during an Oval Office meeting on Dec. 19, when Van Drew formally announced he was leaving the Democratic Party after providing Trump with a symbolic victory in the prior day's impeachment vote. Van Drew bucked Democrats to join a united Republican Party in opposing impeachment.

Van Drew said at the time that he believed the GOP was a “better fit” and promised Trump his “undying support." Trump promised to return the favor and announced that he was endorsing Van Drew for reelection and labeled him “a tremendous asset for the party."

Van Drew had been facing an uphill Democratic primary battle, including a challenge from Brigid Harrison, a Montclair State University political science professor who had secured the backing of top local Democrats, including the New Jersey Senate president.

Amy Kennedy, the wife of former Rhode Island Democratic Rep. Patrick Kennedy, entered the Democratic race on Monday.

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