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Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt. Photo by Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe.

Steinhardt welcomes Van Drew, but doesn’t endorse him

GOP State Chairman points to recent Republican gains in South Jersey

By David Wildstein, December 17 2019 2:09 pm

Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt today welcomes Rep. Jeff Van Drew to the GOP, but stopped short of endorsing him for re-election to his 2nd district House seat.

“We have had positive and continuing dialogue with party leadership in South Jersey and Washington and welcome Congressman Jeff Van Drew to the NJGOP,” Steinhardt said. “This is a quickly evolving situation, but we look forward to continuing to work to ensure that South Jerseyans have a Republican Congressman for years to come.”

Van Drew flipped the seat in the 2018 mid-term elections following the retirement of 12-term incumbent Frank LoBiondo (R-Ventnor).

Steinhardt said that 2nd district voters “have been looking, for the past several years, to Republicans for honest answers to South Jersey’s real problems.”

“When Democrat leaders like Phil Murphy and Nancy Pelosi focus 100% of their time on a liberal agenda that includes a partisan impeachment probe and millions of dollars supporting illegal immigrants, they are bound to lose support,” Steinhardt said.  “Now, they’re losing a Congressman.”

Steinhardt pointed to recent GOP gains in South Jersey, including the defeat of Van Drew allies for State Senate and Assembly in last month’s elections.

Republicans held two Assembly seat seats in the 8th district, nearly ousted a GOP assemblyman in the 2nd district, and won control of the Salem County Board of Freeholders in 2018.

“When we set out to grow the NJGOP, we always knew that meant re-engaging Republicans, winning unaffiliated voters and attracting Democrats unhappy with their party’s new, extreme positions,” said Steinhardt.

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