By Zack Budryk – 12/16/19 11:50 AM EST

Booker calls for Democrats to mobilize against Van Drew after party switch

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Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBooker leads other 2020 Dems in petition urging DNC to change debate qualifications The Hill’s Campaign Report: 2020 Democrats trading jabs ahead of Los Angeles debate Booker cancels NH activities, campaign says he has the flu MORE (D-N.J.) on Monday called on his followers to donate money in a bid to unseat Rep. Jefferson Van Drew (N.J.) after Van Drew announced over the weekend that he will switch his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.

“@VanDrewForNJ has put his re-election prospects ahead of his duty at a time of crisis in our country,” Booker tweeted. “Let’s bring courageous leadership back to NJ-02–please donate to support his eventual Democratic challenger.”

Booker linked to an ActBlue fundraiser page for the eventual Democratic nominee in Van Drew’s Atlantic City-area district.

Van Drew, who endorsed Booker’s 2020 presidential bid, reportedly made the decision to switch parties after a Friday meeting with President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems want tougher language on election security in defense bill Five aides to Van Drew resign ahead of his formal switch to GOP The myth of the conservative bestseller MORE. He has been one of the only House Democrats to vocally oppose the House’s impeachment inquiry, and was one of only two, along with Rep. Collin PetersonCollin Clark PetersonAnti-impeachment Democrat poised to switch parties Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed Vulnerable Democrats swing behind impeachment push MORE (Minn.), to vote against House impeachment rules.

After the report of Van Drew’s party switch, five aides, including his spokesperson, announced their resignation. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairwoman Rep. Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosDemocrats get the health care fight they want with prescription drug bill The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Pelosi accuses Trump of ‘bribery’ in Ukraine dealings DCCC adds senior staffers after summer departures MORE (Ill.) tweeted a job offer from the DCCC to the aides Monday morning.

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