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DuBois backs Van Drew

Salem GOP chair endorses former Democrat

By Nikita Biryukov, January 17 2020 11:17 am

Salem County Republican Chairwoman Linda DuBois endorsed Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) for re-election Friday.

“Congressman Van Drew has a deep understanding of the issues facing South Jersey, particularly when it comes to the needs of our agricultural community,” said DuBois. “Congressman Van Drew has stood up for South Jersey and with President Trump, so it has been no surprise to see the overwhelming support the Congressman has received.”

Van Drew defected to the Republican party last month over a loss of support among the second congressional district’s rank-and-file Democrats over his opposition to impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

Since then, he’s gained the backing of the White House and a number of the district’s Republican leaders.

Republicans there are trying to clear the primary field for Van Drew, who was a Democrat for decades before joining the GOP.

The congressman faces primary challenges from David Richter, Brian Fitzherbert and Robert Patterson.

“I am proud to join the thousands of rank and file Republicans who have come up to him in coffee shops, diners and out on the streets of South Jersey in offering my full support to Congressman Van Drew,” DuBois said.

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