Seth Grossman on Monday claimed his opponent, State Sen. Jeff Van Drew, would vote to impeach recently-confirmed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, a charge the right-of-center Democrat flatly denied.
Van Drew told the New Jersey Globe earlier this month that he would not vote to confirm Kavanaugh were he a member of the U.S. Senate, citing Kavanaugh’s behavior during his confirmation hearings and not the sexual assault allegations leveled against him by two women.
Despite that, he hasn’t shown any desire to impeach Kavanaugh and denied Grossman’s claim that he would vote to impeach the justice.
“I have never said that I would impeach Kavanaugh,” Van Drew said in a text message. “It’s not true.”
Grossman is attempting to fundraise off the claim, replicating a strategy employed by Republicans that have cashed in on impeachment fears elsewhere in the country.
Those fears can lead to bumps in fundraising and voter turnout that could prove crucial to Republicans facing serious challenges in traditionally-safe seats.
Grossman is running for one such seat. Rep. Frank LoBiondo has held represented the second district in congress since first winning the seat in 1994, but Van Drew leads his Republican opponent by a wide margin, both in the polls and in funds.
“If the Democrats regain control of Congress and Van Drew wins this election, they not only would vote to impeach Justice Kavanaugh, but also to impeach President Trump,” Grossman said in a statement. “In his own words, at the end of the day, Van Drew stands with his party. The Trump voters in this district cannot allow that to happen.”