Representative Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey has decided to switch from the Democrat party to the Republican party amid the Democrat’s impeachment debacle.
The move triggered 5 staffers to quit their jobs.
According to Fox News:
Five aides to Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J., have resigned after the congressman met with President Trump Saturday to discuss switching political parties.
Van Drew has been one of only two Democrats to vote against formalizing the impeachment inquiry and has been an outspoken critic of the probe from the start. The House is expected to vote on two articles of impeachment as soon as this week.
Trump tweeted his support for the potential switch while Democrats lambasted Van Drew for going across party lines.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, called the move “cynical and desperate,” accusing the congressman of backing Trump in an attempt to “salvage his own election,” he said in a statement on Friday. A recent internal poll conducted for the Democrats found that 58 percent of primary voters in Van Drew’s 2nd Congressional District wanted to nominate another candidate, while only 28 percent said he should be renominated.
Van Drew. who represents a district that mostly supports President Trump has long been a no vote in terms of impeachment or the inquiry.