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Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-Dennis) represents New Jersey's 2nd district in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Progressive group wants Democratic party to drop Van Drew over impeachment vote

NJ Citizen Action not ready to recruit a primary challenger

By Nikita Biryukov, October 31 2019 2:11 pm

New Jersey Citizen Action called for the state Democratic party to drop its support of Rep. Jeff Van Drew over the congressman’s no vote on an impeachment resolution Thursday.

“New Jersey Citizen Action is calling the New Jersey Democratic Party to replace Jeff Van Drew as the Democratic candidate in the 2nd Congressional District,” the group’s executive director Phyllis Salowe-Kaye said. “Representative Van Drew does not uphold the values of Democratic Party and does not deserve its backing.”

Van Drew was one of two Democrats—the only one in New Jersey’s congressional delegation—to vote against Thursday’s resolution.

Thursday’s vote created rules for the public-facing phase of an impeachment inquiry that has largely been conducted behind closed doors up until this point.

The measure allows the House Intelligence Committee to hold public hearings and create a report for the House Judiciary Committee, which will decide whether to draft articles of impeachment against Trump.

It also provides Trump with due process rights, including allowing his attorneys to participate in the hearings.

The measure passed 232-196, largely along party lines.

Despite its call for Van Drew to be pulled from the ballot, Citizen Action isn’t ready to say it’ll recruit or back a primary challenger to Van Drew, a spokesman for the organization told the New Jersey Globe.

“President Trump stands accused of impeachable offenses that, if true, would undermine the very foundation of our democracy and an impeachment inquiry must be pursued,” Salowe-Kaye said. “While disappointed in Van Drew we are pleased that all members of the Democratic House Caucus except two voted to affirm the impeachment inquiry.”

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