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When Democratic Rep. Van Drew Switches, He'll Be Welcomed by GOP

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 Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J. (Mel Evans,/AP Images)

By Sunday, 15 December 2019 07:52 AM Current | Bio | Archive

As of Saturday evening, there were numerous reports from Capitol Hill that anti-impeachment Democrat and freshman Rep. Jeff Van Drew, N.J., was on the verge of switching to the Republican Party.

It is widely expected he will announce he is becoming a Republican at a ceremony at the White House before Wednesday — just as the full House is scheduled to vote on two articles of impeachment against Trump.

Several of Van Drew’s Republican colleagues in the House voiced their delight to Newsmax at the prospect of the New Jersey Democrat joining their ranks.

“My friend Congressman Van Drew and I have co-authored legislation to expand skilled-workforce opportunities,” freshman Rep. Jim Hagedorn, R-Minn., told us, “We have worked in bipartisan fashion to help expand America’s robust economy.”

Hagedorn added that “Jeff, a dentist and a businessman, would make a great addition to our Republican caucus.”

The Garden State lawmaker met with President Trump at the White House Friday and, according to several sources, the president encouraged Van Drew to become a Republican.

Van Drew, 66, is one of two House Democrats who has made little secret of his disgust with his party’s pursuit of impeaching President Trump and who voted against the impeachment inquiry recently completed by the House Judiciary Committee (the other Democrat impeachment foe is Minnesota’s Collin Peterson).

Having styled himself a middle-of-the-road Democrat since his days in the New Jersey state senate, Van Drew refused to vote for Nancy Pelosi for speaker last January. Rated 100% by the National Rifle Association, Van Drew, as a state legislator in 2013, was the lone Democrat to oppose 10 gun control bills following the Sandy Hook shooting. He also opposed raising the state’s minimum wage.

Van Drew, who represents a district that was in Republican hands for 22 years, had reportedly expected to face a Democratic primary challenge from the left for his opposition to the Trump impeachment.

“We are a party that welcomes many viewpoints, and you just have to agree to do everything in your ability to make this country stronger,” said six-term Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R.-Ill. “I’m excited to welcome Rep. Van Drew. He will feel at home. Now we just need to get him a couple elephant ties.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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