The House Majority PAC is spending $800,000 on a hard-hitting TV ad bashing party-switching Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) for voting against the interests of New Jersey’s 2nd district and for his willingness to say anything to get elected.
The PAC, which is allied with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, also released a poll that shows Democrat Amy Kennedy with a 48%-43% lead against Van Drew, and Joe Biden running four points ahead of Donald Trump, 50%-46%, in NJ-2.
The ad, “Who,” goes through a litany of votes Van Drew cast during his first term in Congress and criticizes him for raising money from corporations and interest groups. It ends with a video clip of Van Drew and Trump in the Oval Office where the Democrat-turned-Republican pledges his “undying support” to the President. It will run throughout the Philadelphia media market.
Script: Who is Jeff Van Drew this year? Whoever he needs to be to get elected. New Van Drew switched parties and raked in over a half million dollars from big business and special interest groups. He votes with them now too, and against tax cuts for homeowners and the COVID relief New Jersey needs. He’ll say anything to help himself. Van Drew: “You have my undying support” But Jeff Van Drew won’t do a thing to help you. House Majority PAC is responsible for the content of this advertising.”
“There’s nothing worse than a politician who goes whichever way the wind is blowing, and it took Jeff Van Drew just over a year to embody the worst of Washington,” said the executive director of the PAC, Abby Curran Horrell. “Jeff Van Drew pledged his ‘undying support’ to Donald Trump, then turned around to rake in special interest cash while voting against New Jersey homeowners and federal funding for COVID relief. He’s only in it for himself, not New Jersey.”
The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling, puts Van Drew’s favorables at an upside-down 40%-44% and Kennedy at 41%-40%.
Trump’s job approval in NJ-2 is upside-down at 46%-50%. Trump carried the district by a 50%-46% margin against Hillary Clinton in 2016, although respondents to the poll out that number at 47%-44%.
The poll was in the field from September 14-15 and surveyed 550 2nd district voters.