Cape May County Republican Chairman Marcus Karavan will support party-switcher Jeff Van Drew for re-election to his 2nd district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, saying he will defer to President Donald Trump’s wishes that Van Drew be on the GOP ticket.
“Our county organizations’ relationship with Mr. Van Drew is long and complicated, to say the least,” Chairman Karavan said. “We have had our differences, but have also worked together many times, crossing the aisle for the better of our common constituents. Cape GOP strongly supports President Trump and will give all appropriate deference to the President’s ultimate position with regard to the Van Drew party change.”
Karavan was joined by two other Cape May Republicans, Assemblymen-elect Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan.
State Sen. Michael Testa, Jr. (R-Vineland), who is also the Cumberland County GOP Chairman, told the New Jersey Globe that he would also back Van Drew, if that’s what Trump wanted.
Testa is the New Jersey Trump campaign co-chairman.
The rallying of Cape May and Cumberland behind Van Drew, who represented the two counties in the New Jersey Legislature for seventeen years as a Democrat, severely limits the path for one of the three Republicans already in the race to win the Republican primary.
“Congressman Van Drew has been a moderate voice in the Democrat party for many years. His decision is further proof that the radical, leftist agenda that now guides the Democrats is completely out of touch with the values and concerns of the everyday Americans we serve,” said Testa. “This defection should be a wakeup call for the Democratic Party. It’s time to get over your Trump derangement, get down to business, and focus on how we can help law-abiding, hardworking families in New Jersey, and across America.”