New Jersey Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew says his split from the Democratic Party went smoothly.
“It’s been civil. My [Democratic] friends have been fine,” Van Drew told the Washington Examiner on Thursday after meeting at the White House with President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, along with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.
Van Drew, who announced his party switch from Democrat to Republican at the White House, voted against both articles of impeachment while still a Democrat on Wednesday night.
Van Drew first won the 2nd Congressional District seat in 2018 with 52% of the vote. The district, won by Trump in 2016, was previously held by Republican Rep. Frank LoBiondo since 1995.
Van Drew told the Washington Examiner he feels confident about his 2020 campaign reelection chances despite the party change.
“I always felt confident with my reelection prospects, to be honest with you. I’ve run in 17 elections, and 17 is a lot of elections,” said the former state senator and local official. “The folks (in the local GOP) I’ve spoken to have been positive. I mean, this is all relatively new. It just happened a few days ago. So, you know, we’ve got to work our way along.”