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New Jersey Republican congressional candidate Robert Patterson was an acting associate commissioner of the U.S. Social Security Administration under President Donald Trump.
New Jersey Republican congressional candidate Robert Patterson was an acting associate commissioner of the U.S. Social Security Administration under President Donald Trump.

Van Drew defection won’t end Patterson House bid

By Nikita Biryukov, December 14 2019 7:04 pm

Robert Patterson, a former aide to President Donald Trump, will continue his second district House bid following Rep. Jeff Van Drew’s party switch.

“Congressman Van Drew’s switcheroo is a sad reflection of his desperation and lack of principle,” Patterson said. “It’s clear that Van Drew will say and do anything to hold onto political power. Yesterday, he was a liberal Democrat who supports amnesty, Planned Parenthood, and Hillary Clinton.”

On Saturday, the New Jersey Globe reported Van Drew’s chief of staff had told members of the right-of-center congressman’s campaign and congressional staffs that the first-term representative would be moving to the Republican party.

Some of those told have indicated they will resign.

“South Jersey deserves a true conservative congressman who will fight for them, not a career politician who tries to protect himself,” Patterson said.

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