Jeff Van Drew

Former Democrat, Mocked for Switching Parties, Wins as Republican in New Jersey

Defeats member of disgraced Kennedy dynasty

Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R., N.J.), a former Democrat, switched parties in January 2020 after opposing his party's effort to impeach President Donald Trump. He was widely mocked and derided by his former colleagues and other liberals at the time, and most experts predicted he would lose reelection in 2020. Van Drew won by 5 percentage points, defeating a member of the disgraced Kennedy dynasty.