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Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis).

Van Drew has another huge fundraising haul

Freshman Democrat has over $930k in the bank

By David Wildstein, October 14 2019 12:09 am

Freshman Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-Dennis) had his second strong fundraising quarter and now has $930,344 cash-on-hand as he prepares to seek a second term as the congressman from New Jersey’s 2nd district.

Van Drew raised $528,430 during the 3rd quarter of 2019, and has raised $1,284,396 since taking office in January.

After declining to actively raise money during his first three months in office – he brought in just $120,556 — Van Drew is now raising money at a seemingly frenetic pace, keeping the title of the “Comeback Kid.”

A longtime state senator, flipped the 2nd district House seat from red to blue in 2018, after 24 years of Republican control.  He defeated former Atlantic County Freeholder Seth Grossman by a 53%-4%% margin in a district Donald Trump won by 14,830 votes (50%-46%) in 2016.

Republican David Richter has raised $412,760 for his bid to unseat Van Drew, including a $300,000 personal loan.  The former Hill International CEO has $389,533 cash-on-hand.

Two other GOP candidates, former Atlantic County Young Republican Chairman Brian Fitzherbert and Robert Patterson, a controversial former Trump administration appointee, have not yet filed reports with the Federal Election Commission.

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