Trump to hold campaign rally in Van Drew's district

Trump to hold campaign rally in Van Drew's district

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE will hold a campaign rally later this month in the home district of Rep. Jeff Van DrewJeff Van DrewOn The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Social Security emerges as flash point in Biden-Sanders fight | Dems urge Supreme Court to save consumer agency | Trump to sign USMCA next week NJ Rep. Van Drew said he wouldn't vote for Trump weeks before switching parties: report DCCC to run ads tying 11 House Republicans to Trump remarks on entitlements MORE (R-N.J.), the former Democrat who switched parties last month amid his opposition to impeachment.

Trump's reelection campaign said in a news release that the president will rally supporters on Jan. 28 at the Wildwoods Convention Center in Wildwood, N.J. The campaign did not say whether Van Drew would make an appearance.

The president endorsed Van Drew during an Oval Office photo op last month days after it was first reported that the congressman would defect from the Democratic Party. Van Drew, whose voting record aligns closely with Democrats, pledged his "undying support" to the president.

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Van Drew represents New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District, which Trump won by 4.6 percentage points in 2016. A former dentist and state lawmaker, Van Drew was one of several moderate Democrats who helped the party secure a majority in 2018.

But he had expressed unease about proceeding with an impeachment vote and was one of three Democrats to oppose one or both articles that passed the House last month. Polling indicated Van Drew would have faced a difficult reelection bid as a Democrat.

Van Drew's party switch was seen as a coup for Trump and his Republican allies who have sought to paint impeachment as a partisan exercise led by Democrats.

Amy Kennedy, the wife of former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), announced Monday that she will run as a Democrat to challenge Van Drew in the November election.