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Rep. Jeff Van Drew in 2019. (Photo: Office of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez).

Van Drew gets seat on House Judiciary Committee

By David Wildstein, January 16 2023 8:43 pm

Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) told the New Jersey Globe tonight that he will have a seat on the powerful House Judiciary Committee in the 118th Congress.

The panel, chaired by Rep. Jim Jordan (R—Ohio), is expected to have a high profile over the next two years.

In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland this week, Jordan said his committee will launch an investigation of Obama era classified documents found in President Joe Biden’s Delaware home and in the offices of the Penn Biden Center, a Washington, D.C. think tank, and the Justice Department’s probe.

Van Drew, who began his third term in Congress this month, is a dentist; the Judiciary Committee typically has a number of non-lawyers from both parties.

He is the first Republican to serve on the House Judiciary Committee in 48 years.

Reps. Charles Sandman (R-Erma) and John Hunt (R-Pitman), who represent much of the area in New Jersey’s 2nd district, served on the Judiciary Committee in the early 1970s during the Watergate hearings and the impeachment of President Richard Nixon.

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