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Alexander gains Dem backers for race to take on Van Drew

Fitzpatrick, Mazzeo announce support for ex-prosecutor’s congressional bid in NJ-2

By David Wildstein, February 21 2022 2:54 pm

Tim Alexander, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to take on Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) in New Jersey’s 2nd district, has received endorsements from Atlantic County Commissioner Caren Fitzpatrick and former Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-Northfield).

The endorsements come in advance of the Atlantic County Democratic convention on March 20.

“Tim’s journey has always been rooted in public service, from a racially profiled youth and arrested for a crime he did not commit to entering law enforcement himself to try and change the system from the inside,” Fitzpatrick and Mazzeo said in a joint statement.  “He eventually retired from law enforcement for a legal career focused on Civil Rights litigation.  This journey has taught him to analyze problems and develop practical, actionable solutions.”

Alexander, a former detective and prosecutor, has been increasingly viewed as the front-runner for the Democrats, but former Egg Harbor Township school board member Hector Tavarez has picked up some support, including an endorsement from Atlantic County Sheriff Eric Scheffler.

Former Assemblyman John Armato (D-Buena), who has issued joint endorsements with Mazzeo in the past, was not on the press release today.

Two other candidates are also in the race: Rev. Curtis Green, a minister, college professor and U.S. Army veteran; and newcomer Carolyn Rush.

Van Drew was first elected to Congress as a Democrat in 2018 – he won the Atlantic County Democratic convention with 47% —  but switched parties in December 2019 after refusing to support the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

He defeated Democrat Amy Kennedy, the wife of former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-Rhode Island), with 52% in 2020.

Congressional redistricting has made Van Drew’s district more favorable to Republicans.

“As a longtime Atlantic County resident, I have seen firsthand the example they set. Vince and Caren have both shown themselves to be, time and time again, true champions for the people of South Jersey,” Alexander said.  “I intend to follow that example in DC as your Congressman. It means so much to me to have their vote of confidence that my campaign will beat the incumbent and bring real representation to our district.”

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