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Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis.) (Photo: U.S. House of Representatives.)

Van Drew cash-on-hand is $478k

Warchest trails four other N.J. incumbents in potentially competitive districts

By David Wildstein, April 15 2021 8:47 pm

Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) raised $552,711 during the first three months of 2021 and now has $478,663 cash-on-hand.

Van Drew, who switched parties at the end of his first year in Congress, is expected to seek re-election to a third term next year.

His warchest is below numbers accumulated by other New Jersey House members potentially facing a competitive re-election campaign: Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) has amassed over $800,000, Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) has $1.3 million, Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) has more than $3.6 million, and Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff), the Human Fundraising Machine whose Bunyanesque campaign account has swelled to more than $9.2 million.

Like his colleagues, the level of Van Drew’s vulnerability remains unknown until the new congressional districts are drawn following the certification of the 2020 Census numbers.

Van Drew spent $235,925 so far this year.  He continued his practice of spending at Washington, D.C. steakhouses, with $3,477 in restaurant tabs since January 1.  He’s also kept his 2020 campaign manager, Ron Filan, on his payroll, and made 16 payments to Wawa.

After 17 years in the New Jersey Legislature, Van Drew won the 2nd district congressional seat in 2018 as a Democrat.  He flipped the seat held for 24 years by Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-Ventnor) until his retirement.

In his 2018 campaign, Van Drew won the Democratic primary with 57% against three challengers, and defeated Republican Seth Grossman, a former Atlantic County freeholder, by a 53%-46% margin in the general.

After switching parties, Van Drew won the Republican primary with 82%.  Against Democrat Amy Kennedy in the general election, Van Drew won by a 52%-46% margin

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