Rep. Jeff Van DrewJeffrey (Jeff) Van DrewSunday shows preview: 2020 race heats up as impeachment moves to Senate Gabbard under fire for ‘present’ vote on impeachment Trump asks supporters to donate to Van Drew MORE (R-N.J.) said Sunday that he made the decision to switch party affiliation from Democratic to Republican after a New Jersey county party chairman told him he would face political consequences if he did not vote in favor of impeachment.
“It made me think for all the years that I’ve worked so hard and tried to give so much not only to the party but to everybody… it all boils down to that I may have my own individual opinion on one vote and that’s not going to be allowed, and I’m going to be punished for that, and that’s when I knew,” Van Drew said on “Fox News Futures,” adding the conversation was “something that happens that lets you know when it’s time to make a change.”
Asked by host Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoKudlow: New trade deals should boost economic growth by half percentage point Top Republican: Democrats’ weekend document dump shows impeachment inquiry is a ‘farce’ Nunes: ‘Sickening’ that Schiff obtained his phone records MORE how he felt about the decision, Van Drew responded “how I feel today is I feel good, I feel that I did the honorable thing … this impeachment is a weak, thin impeachment that doesn’t mean much to most of the American people.”
“Folks are tired, they’re tired of the millions of dollars that have been spent on [impeachment] and they want to move forward,” Van Drew said. He added Congress’ time would be better spent on issues like election security, Medicare and Medicaid and veterans’ care.
“We must understand what impeachment is, it almost never happens for a reason. It harms our country, it fractures [sic] us apart. I want to bring people together,” he added.
Van Drew announced his party switch at the White House on Thursday, pledging his “undying support” to President TrumpDonald John TrumpClyburn to White House: ‘I am not going to be intimidated’ Trump to headline event for evangelicals in the new year Brazil’s Bolsonaro says Trump won’t pursue steel, aluminum tariffs MORE, who asked supporters to donate to Van Drew’s re-election.