Dec 19, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Trump announces Rep. Jeff Van Drew will join Republican Party

Trump and Jeff Van Drew
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President Trump announced in the Oval Office Thursday that New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew will join the Republican Party.

Why it matters: Van Drew, elected as a Democrat in the 2018 midterms, was one of only two House Democrats who voted against both articles of impeachment on Wednesday night. He represents a congressional district that Trump won by nearly 5 points in the 2016 election.

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