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District Profile: Democrat-Turned Republican Tries To Hold Onto His Seat

Left: Amy Kennedy in 2016. (Jemal Countess/Getty Images). Right: Rep. Jeff Van Drew in 2019. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
Left: Amy Kennedy in 2016. (Jemal Countess/Getty Images). Right: Rep. Jeff Van Drew in 2019. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

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Congressman Jeff Van Drew left the Democratic party last year to become a Republican after he voted against impeaching President Trump.

Now he’s up for re-election in New Jersey’s second congressional district. He’s facing Democrat Amy Kennedy, a former teacher.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Joe Hernandez, reporter with WHYY and WBGO.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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