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Rep. Jeff Van Drew. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Van Drew endorses Prempeh, Mayfield for Congress

By Joey Fox, February 01 2022 12:00 pm

Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) released two endorsements yesterday for underdog Republican congressional candidates around the state: Bill Prempeh, who is seeking a rematch against Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) in the 9th congressional district, and Darius Mayfield, who is taking on Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) in the 12th district.

“Billy Prempeh and Darius Mayfield are inspiring candidates taking the fight for conservative values to mostly urban districts in North Jersey that have long suffered under failed Democrat leadership,” Van Drew said in a statement. “I am honored to endorse these America First Conservatives and our team is committed to do everything we can to ensure their campaigns are successful in November.”

Prempeh ran against Pascrell in 2020, losing by a 66-32% margin to the 24-year incumbent. Having received the Republican line in Passaic County last week, Prempeh is once again the frontrunner for the Republican nomination this year, but he is unlikely to unseat Pascrell in the strongly Democratic district.

Mayfield, meanwhile, is a first-time candidate who has no primary opposition in his bid to challenge Coleman, who has served since 2015. Like Prempeh, Mayfield faces a very uphill bid in the 12th district, which includes Trenton and much of Middlesex County.

Notably, if either Mayfield or Prempeh were able to pull off an upset, they would be the first-ever Black Republican to represent the state in Congress. Three of the state’s 14 current members of Congress are Black: Watson Coleman, Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-Newark), and Democratic Senator Cory Booker.

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