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Ex-Van Drew primary rival endorses Kennedy

Tanzie Youngblood: ‘Jeff Van Drew was always a Republican masquerading as a Democrat’

By David Wildstein, June 23 2020 12:31 pm

Tanzie Youngblood, a retired public school teacher who challenged Jeff Van Drew in the 2018 Democratic primary in New Jersey’s 2nd district, has endorsed Amy Kennedy to run against Van Drew, now a Republican congressman.

A longtime right-of-center state senator, Van Drew won the Democratic primary two years ago with 57% of the vote after securing the organization line in all eight counties in the district.  Youngblood finished second with 19%, in a four-candidate field.

“Jeff Van Drew was always a Republican masquerading as a Democrat, we cannot move forward as a community with him in power,” Youngblood said. “I believe Amy Kennedy is the only candidate who has the ability to beat Jeff Van Drew in November.”

Kennedy has the organization line in Atlantic County.  Atlantic makes up about 41% of the total Democratic primary electorate in NJ-2.

Brigid Callahan Harrison, a political science professor, has the backing of Democratic organizations in Cape May, Cumberland, Camden, Gloucester, Salem and Burlington counties.  Ocean County, which contributes about 5% of the primary vote, has not endorsed a candidate for Congress.

“There is a social movement happening in our country and I know Amy believes in justice, fairness and a more inclusive democracy. It’s those values and beliefs that will serve us well in Congress,” Youngblood stated.  “South Jersey deserves a leader who will work in the interest and benefit of the people they are elected to serve and that leader is Amy Kennedy.”

Kennedy is the wife of former Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy (D-Rhode Island) and a member of one of America’s most prominent political families,

“The people of South Jersey are tired of leaders who are only interested in serving themselves. As a member of Congress, I will never forget that I am, first and foremost, a member of this community and a 4th generation South Jerseyan.,” said Kennedy. “I will fight for a better, more equitable future of all South Jersey families.”

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