Jerry Nadler unfazed by Jeff Van Drew’s defection

“What he’s reacting to is public polling that shows he can’t get renominated.”

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) isn’t concerned about the upcoming party switch of New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew.

“What he’s reacting to is public polling that shows he can’t get renominated,” the House Judiciary Committee chairman said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “His electorate in his district is 24 percent to renominate him and 60 percent to nominate somebody else.“

Van Drew, who is expected to switch to the Republican Party this week, was elected in 2018 to a seat from South Jersey that had been held by retiring Republican Frank LoBiondo since 1995; LoBiondo had regularly won the district by large margins.

Despite defeating Republican Seth Grossman with 52.9 percent of the vote, Van Drew had drawn criticism for his conservative stances on some issues, and he was facing primary opposition in 2020.

Van Drew was one of two Democrats, along with Minnesota’s Collin Peterson, to vote against the impeachment inquiry. Both represent districts that voted for President Donald Trump in 2016.

Host George Stephanopoulos drew a connection between votes on impeachment — the full House is expected to vote on articles of impeachment this week — and Van Drew’s switch. Nadler said the impeachment process is more important than mere politics.

“This is not political,” he said. “We should not be looking at those things. This is the defense of our democracy. Do we stay a democratic republic or do we turn into a tyranny?“

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