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

Van Drew has $609k cash-on-hand

Two-term congressman has 14 times as much money as top Democratic challenger

By David Wildstein, July 15 2021 10:58 pm

Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) raised $412,127 over the last three months and has $609,408 cash-on-hand as he prepares to seek his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Van Drew has raised $1,013,204 since the start of 2021.

So far, three Democrats have filed with the Federal Election Commission to take on Van Drew: Timothy Alexander, a former prosecutor and civil rights attorney; Egg Harbor school board member Hector Tavarez, a retired police captain; and political newcomer Carolyn Rush.

Alexander reported raising just $59,772 in the 2nd quarter.  He’s raised a total of $105,841 since entering the race in January and has $43,485 in his campaign account.

Tavarez has raised $16,770 and has $8,640 in his warchest.   Rush has not reported any fundraising numbers since entering the race in May.

After switching parties, Van Drew defeated Democrat Amy Kennedy by 21,677 votes, 52%-46%.  Van Drew raised $4,269,281 in 2020, while Kennedy took in $5,048,012.

Some Democrats want Kennedy to seek a rematch, but it’s unlikely that she will look at the race until after the new district lines are drawn.

Van Drew and the state’s other 11 House members face the uncertainty of congressional redistricting in advance of the 2022 mid-term elections.  But few Democrats believe they can make New Jersey’s 2nd district more competitive while simultaneously strengthening the re-election prospects of their own incumbents.

The 2nd district is one of three that Donald Trump carried in 2020 – along with NJ-3, which is represented by a Democrat, Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) and NJ-4, where Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton) is serving his 20th term.  Trump defeated Joe Biden in NJ-2 by a 51%-48% margin.

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