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

Van Drew has astronomical fundraising lead over Dem challenger

Tim Alexander raised less than $39k in third quarter

By David Wildstein, October 15 2022 6:10 pm

Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) has a humungous 24-1 cash advantage over his Democratic opponent in New Jersey’s 2nd district.

Tim Alexander raised just $116,289 in the third quarter of this year and has a mere $38,704 cash-on-hand for his bid to unseat Van Drew.

Van Drew, who is seeking his third term in Congress, has $924,689 in his warchest after raising $382,686 in July, August and September.  Van Drew has raised $2,9467,915 this cycle.

There has been no significant outside spending against Van Drew, who was high on the national Democratic target list two years ago after switching parties.   In that race, Democrat Amy Kennedy raised more than $5 million to regain the seat her part won in 2018 and then lost with Van Drew’s decision to become a Republican.

Alexander’s sluggish fundraising – he’s raised $441,883 so far this cycle – will likely dash speculation that he could run on the Democratic ticket for State Assembly next year, even though his hometown of Galloway was shifted back into the 2nd legislatve district.

Van Drew, a former state senator, assemblyman and Cape May County freeholder, flipped the 2nd district seat in 2018 after 12-term Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-Ventnor) retired; he beat Republican Seth Grossman, a former Atlantic County freeholder, by 19,819 votes, 53%-45%, in 2018.

He defeated Kennedy by 21,677 votes, 52%-46%, in 2020.

Alexander, a former law enforcement officer and prosecutor, won the Democratic primary with an unimpressive 62% against newcomer Carolyn Rush even though he had organization lines and endorsements in every county.

Former President Donald Trump has mentioned Van Drew as a potential running mate if he seeks the presidency again in 2024.

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