Currie: Rep. Van Drew’s Betrayal of Democratic Values Now Completed by Failing to Hold Trump Accountable

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Democratic State Committee Chairman John Currie is issuing the following statement thanking Democratic members of the state’s Congressional delegation for voting affirmatively to impeach President Donald Trump. The impeachment vote was unanimous among New Jersey’s delegation, excluding Rep. Jeff Van Drew who is switching to the Republican Party and fellow Republican Rep. Chris Smith. 

“Democrats in New Jersey can be proud that our representatives have chosen to defend our Constitution and our values by holding President Trump accountable for his blatant corruption, crimes and betrayal of our country by seeking the assistance of a foreign government to attack a political rival,” said Chairman Currie. “I am especially proud of our House freshmen, each of whom represents a competitive district, for putting country over personal interests and doing the right thing for our nation’s future. Their courage stands in stark contrast to Republicans Jeff Van Drew and Chris Smith, who have sold out our democratic principles by refusing to stand up to President Trump. Voters in New Jersey will remember who stood with the Constitution and who stood with Trump next November, and I believe this vote will come back to haunt both Van Drew and Smith.” 

Democrats in New Jersey’s House delegation voting in favor of impeachment included Rep. Donald Norcross, Rep. Andy Kim, Rep. Josh Gottheimer, Rep. Frank Pallone, Rep. Tom Malinowski, Rep. Albio Sires, Rep. Bill Pascrell, Rep. Donald Payne Jr., Rep. Mikie Sherrill and Rep. Bonnie Watson-Coleman.