Former Hill International CEO David Richter has formed an exploratory committee to challenge freshman Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-Dennis) in New Jersey’s 2nd district.
Richter has the resources to self-fund a challenge to Van Drew.
“New Jersey is quickly becoming a one-party state, and that party continues to move leftward towards socialism,” said Richter. “We need elected representatives in Congress who will fight for less government, lower taxes and free markets, and who will protect our individual rights and constitutional liberties.”
Richter, 52, currently lives in Princeton. He grew up in South Jersey, not far from the 2nd district boundary. He is expected to move to the district in order to challenge Van Drew.
“New Jersey is quickly becoming a one-party state, and that party continues to move leftward towards socialism. We need elected representatives in Congress who will fight for less government, lower taxes and free markets, and who will protect our individual rights and constitutional liberties,” said Richter.
Republicans think Van Drew, unbeatable during his seventeen years in the New Jersey Legislature, is vulnerable after winning a surprisingly unimpressive 53% against former Atlantic County freeholder Seth Grossman last year.
The right-of-center Van Drew could also face a primary challenge. The 65-year-old former state senator won the Democratic nomination with 57% against three progressive challengers.
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.
Richter spent 22 years at global construction management firm Hill International, serving as general counsel, CEOO and CEO. During his tenure, the firm grew from a private firm with less than 300 employees to a public company with more than 4,300 employees.
Hill’s projects locally included the Battleship USS New Jersey Memorial, the Comcast Center skyscraper, the National Constitution Center and the Liberty Bell Pavilion.