Jeff Van Drew

District 2

Dr. Van Drew already serves approximately one-third of the district in the State Senate, including all of Cape May County and portions of Cumberland and Atlantic counties, where he has garnered electoral margins of 35, 20, and 18 percent since defeating the incumbent senator by 11 percent in 2007. Before then, he represented the district in the General Assembly, beginning in 2002.

“I have never met a public concern that didn’t stand a better chance of being solved by working together than going it alone,” said Van Drew. “Bipartisanship may have become a dirty word in Washington, but in the rest of the nation, we know it’s exactly what we need right now. I want to be the kind of Congressman who reaches across the aisle to do what’s right for the entire country.” During his previous service as a Cape May County Freeholder, Dr. Van Drew worked to bring higher education to the last county in New Jersey without it, by helping to establish a joint Atlantic Cape Community College. County lore holds that he is one of only five Democrats to have been elected as freeholder since the Civil War—and the only one ever reelected.

He is the second Democratic state senator from the county in the state’s history and the only one reelected. Dr. Van Drew also previously served as mayor of his community of Dennis Township. He was recognized by state leaders of both parties for holding the line on property taxes.

In several legislative sessions, Dr. Van Drew earned the distinction of having more bills signed into law than any other legislator in New Jersey. His major victories include his work to end the danger and fatalities of the last three traffic lights on the Garden State Parkway by getting them removed from exits 9, 10 and 11, as well as the reconfiguration of exit 0 and the construction of the new bridge between Cape May and Atlantic counties. He saved 1,500 jobs from state budget cuts at the Vineland Developmental Center in Cumberland County.

He sponsored several groundbreaking measures to make sure New Jersey children with dyslexia and other reading disabilities receive the instruction they need to succeed. He successfully opposed the diversion of funding for the Vineland Veterans Home in the state budget and preserved transportation funds for our veterans to see their own doctors without added costs. He is the sponsor of many of the state’s open space and farmland preservation laws, as well as several measures to protect New Jersey’s native diamondback terrapins from being run over or caught.

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