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State Sen. Jeff Van Drew at a Senate Urban and Community Affairs Committee meeting on June 25 (Photo by Nikita Biryukov).

NRCC targeting Van Drew ahead of impeachment vote

Right-of-center congressman a likely no vote

By Nikita Biryukov, October 30 2019 11:16 am

National Republicans are leveling attacks at Rep. Jeff Van Drew over an impeachment vote the first-term congressman will have to make tomorrow.

“Van Drew will be forced to vote on Democrats’ impeach inquiry tomorrow and will be alienating either the battleground voters who oppose impeachment or his socialist base hellbent on removing President Trump for office,” National Republican Congressional Committee press secretary Michael McAdams said. “It’s a lose-lose for JVD.”

Van Drew, a right-of-center Democrat has said he opposes impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

House Democrats are investigating a phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during which Trump asked Zelensky to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden. Biden was then the frontrunner for the Democratic nod to take on trump.

On Thursday, the House will vote on whether to hold public impeachment hearings. The vote will outline to rules that will govern how evidence against Trump is presented and will delineate Trump’s rights in the proceedings.

It’s likely that Van Drew’s vote will affect the race for his former seat in the State Senate whichever way he breaks.

Trump is more popular than Gov. Phil Murphy in the first legislative district, and State Sen. Bob Andrzejczak faces a serious election challenge from Cumberland County Republican Chairman Michael Testa.

It’s possible that a no vote on impeachment from Van Drew, who has long been the district’s standard bearer, will help bring voters behind his once protégé.

An unlikely yes vote would likely have the opposite effect.

The NRCC is also targeting other New Jersey Democrats in competitive districts over impeachment.

“Andy Kim, Josh Gottheimer, Tom Malinowski and Mikie Sherrill will be voting tomorrow to proceed with Washington Democrats’ deranged efforts to impeach President Trump and in the process confirming they don’t give a damn about getting anything done for their constituents,” McAdams said. “Every one of them promised voters they’d deliver on issues like transportation, health care and better-paying jobs but instead they’ve spent their time in Washington trying to remove President Trump from office.”

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