Van Drew's ex-campaign manager working for Democrat running against him

Van Drew's ex-campaign manager working for Democrat running against him
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New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van DrewJeff Van DrewGinsburg expresses hope amid a Senate she thinks is 'divided sharply' Democrats slam GOP on drug prices in bilingual digital ads Democratic NJ mayor said he was told he was not welcome at Trump rally MORE’s former campaign manager said Monday he is working for one of his former boss’s Democratic challengers after leaving Van Drew’s office when the congressman switched parties. 

Joshua Roesch tweeted that he signed on to work for Amy Kennedy’s campaign for New Jersey’s 2nd District. 

Roesch praised Kennedy as “a public school teacher, mental health advocate, and a mom of 5 that will never stop fighting for [South Jersey.]” 


Roesch told NJ Advance Media it's a “strange” and “unique” situation working for the campaign against his former boss, but stood by his decision to leave Van Drew’s office. 

“I thought I was working for a Democrat,” Roesch said. “I’d like to go work for a Democrat still.”

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He officially announced he will become a Republican in December, in an Oval Office meeting


Kennedy announced her run for the seat earlier this month. She is one of at least five Democrats running for the seat, including Montclair State University political science professor Brigid Harrison, former Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDemocrats' Obama-to-Sanders shift on charter schooling This week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Juan Williams: Black votes matter MORE (D-N.J.) aide Will Cunningham, Atlantic County Freeholder Ashley Bennett and West Cape May Commissioner John Francis III. 

He also faces a handful of GOP challengers. 

Van Drew’s new campaign manager is Ron Filan, a former New Jersey state director for the Republican National Committee and political director for the GOP state committee, according to NJ Advance. Bill Stepien, a former Trump White House political director who helped former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) win two gubernatorial terms is also aiding Van Drew's Republican campaign, the outlet reports. 

The district had been held by a Republican before Van Drew’s election as a Democrat in 2018.