State Sen. Bob Andrzejczak (D-Middle) thinks Rep. Jeff Van Drew’s (D-Dennis) State of the Union handshake with President Donald Trump will benefit the state and Van Drew’s congressional district down the line.
“It shows his willingness to reach across the aisle and work with the president,” Andrzejczak said. “I’m not saying that everybody has to agree with him on every little issue, but to be able to show a willingness to work with the president, it only benefits New Jersey. And it only benefits the congressional district by showing the willingness to work with the president. I think, ultimately, we’re going to benefit from it.”
The move will also likely benefit Van Drew politically. The congressman was a right-of-center New Jersey Democrat for his entire tenure in the state’s legislature, from 2002 to Jan. 3, 2019.
The first legislative district, which Van Drew represented and Andrzejczak represents, is a prime target for Republicans looking to cut down on Democrats legislative majorities. Though State Senate seats aren’t up for reelection in 2019, Andrzejczak is running for the remainder of Van Drew’s unexpired term.
Cumberland County Republican Chairman Mike Testa and former congressional candidate Sam Fiocchi are vying for the chance to challenge Andrzejczak in November.