Amy Kennedy has won the Democratic primary in New Jersey’s second congressional district and will now face off against Rep. Jeff Van Drew – who switched from the Democrat Party to the GOP amid the President Trump impeachment sham.
No Political Experience But Big Connections
Kennedy has prominent political connections through being the wife of ex-Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy and daughter-in-law of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. Despite her personal network, her political experience is nonexistent.
The central platform she ran on was on expanding ObamaCare, and had the endorsement of Gov. Phil Murphy and Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver. However, President of the New Jersey Senate Steve Sweeney and New Jersey’s two U.S. Senators, Cory Booker and Bob Menendez, supported one of Kennedy’s opponents, Brigid Callahan Harrison, Fox News reported.
The district she is competing for slightly favors conservatives. Back in 2016, Trump won this district by less than 5 points.
Democrat Cory Booker Bad News for New Jersey
Former Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker won New Jersey’s Democratic Senate primary. His experience dates back many years with him joining the Senate in 2013 after being the mayor of Newark.
In January, Booker announced he was ending his 2020 presidential campaign due to low poll and fundraising numbers.
“It’s with a full heart that I share this news — I’ve made the decision to suspend my campaign for president,” Booker wrote to supporters in an email. “It was a difficult decision to make, but I got in this race to win, and I’ve always said I wouldn’t continue if there was no longer a path to victory.”
“Our campaign has reached the point where we need more money to scale up and continue building a campaign that can win — money we don’t have, and money that is harder to raise because I won’t be on the next debate stage and because the urgent business of impeachment will rightly be keeping me in Washington,” the senator added. “So I’ve chosen to suspend my campaign now, take care of my wonderful staff, and give you time to consider the other strong choices in the field.”
Really Big Breaking News (Kidding): Booker, who was in zero polling territory, just dropped out of the Democrat Presidential Primary Race. Now I can rest easy tonight. I was sooo concerned that I would someday have to go head to head with him!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2020
Democrat Defector Leading in Polls
Despite leaning Republican, New Jersey does not have the best track record of picking its politicians. However, it appears that might change.
Representative Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, a moderate Democrat who is among his party’s staunchest opponents of impeaching President Trump, is considering switching parties and could make an announcement as soon as this week https://t.co/RfBOccq4iD
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 14, 2019
“Jeff Van Drew betrayed South Jersey voters in a flailing attempt to advance his own political career and hurt the community that trusted him in the process. The people of South Jersey deserve better from their Representative and will send Van Drew packing come November,” DCCC Chairman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) said in a statement.
As the election gets closer, both Democrats and Republicans are fighting hard to claim more seats.