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Jeff Van Drew party switch came as Democrats abandoned him

Posted On: Dec 15, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

Jeff Van Drew party switch came as Democrats abandoned him

PHILADELPHIA - Rep. Jeff Van Drew, the conservative New Jersey Democrat who is expected to soon become a Republican , found himself in an unfamiliar and troubling position in recent weeks: Watching support drop off from Democratic leaders in the state who had long tolerated his base-angering votes in the name of political expediency. Van Drew, who served nearly two decades in the state Legislature, was never popular with the party's progressive base in a state that's turned increasingly blue. He voted against gay marriage, increasing the minimum wage and numerous gun control measures. But none of that stopped the Democratic establishment from coalescing behind Van Drew as soon as the 2nd Congressional District's longtime Republican incumbent, Frank LoBiondo, announced in 2017 that he wouldn't seek reelection. That same day, power broker George Norcross - the undisputed if unofficial leader of South Jersey Democrats - issued a statement saying he encouraged Van Drew to run and was offering his full support....

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