The reported decision by Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-N.J.) to switch parties was sure to have some consequences from his soon-to-be former Democratic colleagues. And he's already facing them in his own backyard.
Van Drew had previously endorsed Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in his bid for the presidency in a show of in-state loyalty. But Booker won't be returning the favor. Unsurprisingly, the senator doesn't seem very happy that the congressman is switching sides, and he wants New Jerseyans to help support whoever winds up as Van Drew's Democratic challenger in his own House re-election bid.
.@VanDrewForNJ has put his re-election prospects ahead of his duty at a time of crisis in our country. Let's bring courageous leadership back to NJ-02—please donate to support his eventual Democratic challenger: https://t.co/19u7MwGXg9
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) December 16, 2019
The cross-aisle transition will be interesting to watch, and there's some speculation about whether President Trump will support his candidacy in the long run, either. Van Drew is a centrist Democrat, but he has stuck with the party on nearly every major piece of legislation since he was sworn in in 2019, making his anti-impeachment stance the only major Republican cause he's taken up so far.
New from @Redistrict : Van Drew's party switch moves NJ02 from Toss Up to Lean R. One key Q for Van Drew, will Trump continue to stick by him in GOP primary, esp. since the frosh Rep. hasn't been voting w/ Trump on anything else. https://t.co/NlvRV0kEpB
— amy walter (@amyewalter) December 16, 2019
More stories from theweek.com
Why impeachment favors the partisans
How the fall of Elizabeth Warren has shaken up the 2020 race
New Jersey Democrats unhappily roast Jeff Van Drew over reported party switch