Kennedy family member launches House bid against party-switching Rep. Van Drew

Kennedy family member launches House bid against party-switching Rep. Van Drew

Amy Kennedy announces run against New Jersey congressman who switched parties

It was held by Republican Frank LoBiondo for 12 terms before Van Drew won it in 2018.

Van Drew, now serving his first term representing New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District, switched political parties in December and made it official with a visit to the Oval Office before Christmas.

Van Drew met with Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) in the Oval Office last month, explaining he switched to the GOP because of the Democrats' leftward shift and the push to impeach Trump.

"I believe that this is just a better fit for me", Van Drew told reporters at the time.

The announcement made no mention of the newly-minted Republican, instead offering a statement from the campaign's chief operating officer Michael Glassner that read, "President Trump looks forward to returning to the Garden State to celebrate his message of 'Promises Made, Promises Kept'". "It's who I always was, but there was more tolerance of moderate Democrats, of Blue Dog Democrats, of Conservative Democrats, and I think that's going away". "So I would not be surprised if (the president) is in the district sooner rather than later", Stepien said.

Trump will travel to Wildwood, New Jersey, in Van Drew's district on January 28 to hold a rally, his campaign announced. "And now New Jersey has a strong Republican member to support President Trump as he continues to fight to Keep America Great".

Kennedy now serves as the education director of the Kennedy Forum, which was founded in 2013 by her husband and aims at helping officials improve mental health care policy.

"Too many of our leaders have lost their moral compass", she said.

"This rally is to show support for Republican Representative Jeff Van Drew", Principal Deputy Communications Director Erin Perrine said in a statement to Breitbart News.

Kennedy, a yearslong resident of Brigantine, north of Atlantic City, highlighted the economy and environmental issues in the minutelong video announcing her run. Doing what's right shouldn't be complicated. Former FBI agent Robert Turkavage, who ran and lost in the GOP primary in 2018 but switched parties to run as a Democrat this year, is also in the race. Patrick Kennedy served eight terms as a congressman representing Rhode Island and is the son of late Sen.

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