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Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) with President Donald Trump in Wildwood on January 28, 2020. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Van Drew has $1.7 million cash-on-hand

Democrat-turned-Republican raises $423k in 4th quarter ’19

By David Wildstein, January 31 2020 8:48 pm

Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis), who switched parties last month, finished the year with $1,079,974 cash-on hand.

Van Drew raised $1,729,875 in 2019, including $423,652 in the last three months of the year, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

He reported $35,350 in refunds to individual donors and $49,250 in contributions returned to political action committees.

Van Drew became a Republican in December after voting against articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

Trump held a campaign rally in Wildwood earlier this week as he welcomed Van Drew to the Republican Party.

Most of New Jersey’s Republican establishment has lined up behind Van Drew, including State Sen. Michael Testa, Jr. (R-Vineland), Republican State Chairman Douglas Steinhardt, and former Gov. Chris Christie.

Two of Van Drew’s primary opponents, David Richter and Brian Fitzherbert, dropped out of the race and endorsed him.

Van Drew now has just one opponent for the Republican nomination, former Trump administration official Robert Patterson.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is pushing Van Drew’s donors to ask for their money back.

After his first three months in Congress, Van Drew was in a weak position financially after raising just $120,556 during the 1st quarter of the year.

That was the least amount of money of the 55 Democratic House members who have appeared on a national Republican target list, and had the lowest fundraising numbers of the 31 House Democrats who represent districts carried by Trump in 2016.

He reported just $80,099 in the bank and had the second-lowest cash-on-hand of the 55 Democrats targeted by the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Donald Trump won the 2nd district by 14,830 votes (50%-46%) in 2016.

The seat was held for 24 years by Republican Frank LoBiondo (R-Ventnor), who did not seek re-election in 2018.

Van Drew raised nearly $1.9 million in his last campaign, considerably less than three other New Jersey Democrats who flipped Republican House seats in the mid-term elections.

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