Former President Donald Trump has tapped U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) to head up his New Jersey campaign. According to a report from the New Jersey Globe, Trump is optimistic that he can carry the state in the general election and will schedule rallies there.
Van Drew — a former Democrat who defected from the party before over objections to the first impeachment trial of the former president — has since become one of Trump’s strongest allies in the Garden State. He has cruised to re-election twice since the party switch and has said he will vote to impeach President Biden.
With Van Drew’s help, Trump is confident he can not only defeat former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in the state’s primary, but the general election as well.
“I have known Jeff for a long time and consider him to be one of the best political minds anywhere,” Trump said. “He feels, as do I, that because the Biden Administration has been so bad to the Garden State, that we have a very good chance of winning New Jersey.”
In order to bolster his chances of becoming the first Republican to win New Jersey since 1988, the former president intends to hold rallies ahead of the 2024 election. “We will put it on our list for rallies and all other forms of events, and make a concerted effort to Win! I spend a great deal of time in New Jersey, love the State, and its people. With what is going on in our country now, open and broken borders, record setting crime, high taxes and regulations, disrespect of our military and vets, the worst Inflation in 72 years, and a terrible economy, we will win New Jersey, and possibly by a lot,” Trump announced. “Jeff Van Drew will put his talents on display for all to see.”
The former president has floated Van Drew’s name as a potential running mate in the past, calling it a “really good idea” while speaking at a 2021 fundraiser.