Galloway Republicans that previously backed David Richter’s House bid endorsed Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) Monday.
Councilmen Tony Coppola, Richard Clute and Tony DiPietro endorsed Richter in September.
Van Drew was still a Democrat then.
Since he defected to the Republican party after facing a loss of support among the second congressional district’s Democrats over his opposition to impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump, Van Drew has gained backing from a number of local and county Republican leaders.
Galloway Republican Municipal Chairwoman Terry Lucarelli, former mayor Don Purdy and Galloway Republican League President Chris Coleman also endorsed the congressman.
“Congressman Van Drew is a proven conservative who has a long and distinguished record of fighting for South Jersey families,” the six Galloway Republicans said in a joint statement. “We are grateful that Congressman Van Drew is fighting to defend President Trump at every turn and we are honored to endorse him for re-election to the US House of representatives. With President Trump and Congressman Van Drew leading our Republican ticket we are poised for victory in 2020.”
At the same time, Richter, once the frontrunner for the nomination, has seen his support among members of the second district’s Republican organizations vanish.
Last week, Atlantic County Republican chairman Keith Davis asked the county’s Republican leaders to pull their endorsements of Richter over comments quoted in a New York Times article about his thinning chances in the primary.
Trump has endorsed Van Drew, and the district’s GOP county chairs are pushing to make sure none of the three other Republican candidates in the race stop the newly-Republican incumbent from getting the GOP nod.