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 five points in the 2016 election.
After nearly a week of speculation, Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J., announced Thursday during an Oval Office meeting with President Trump that he will be joining the Republican party.
The congressman, one of just a few Democrats who voted against impeaching Trump on Wednesday, explained his reason for the party switch.
“This is just a better fit for me,” he said. “There were other times in my life when I thought about this.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., added, “He’s going from the majority to the minority. That doesn’t happen.”Source: Rep. Jeff Van Drew meets with Trump, confirms he’s switching from Democrat to Republican