VIDEO: President Trump announces Rep. Jeff Van Drew will join Republican Party – WATCH

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.

Source: Trump announces Rep. Jeff Van Drew will join Republican Party

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

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