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Posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 10:52 am

WILDWOOD — President Donald Trump is returning to the Jersey shore.

Trump will host a Keep America Great Rally at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Wildwoods Convention Center in Wildwood. 

Doors for the rally will open at 3 p.m. for general admission.

“President Trump has delivered for New Jersey, creating 129,000 new jobs, including 10,200 new construction jobs,” said Michael Glassner, chief operating officer of Donald J. Trump for President Inc. “President Trump looks forward to returning to the Garden State to celebrate his message of ‘Promises Made, Promises Kept.’”

Trump was once the owner of Atlantic City casinos including the Trump Taj Mahal, Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino and Trump Marina Hotel Casino. 

Wildwood is part of the home district of U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew, who changed his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican in an announcement in the Oval Office with Trump on Dec. 19.

At the meeting, Van Drew pledged his “undying support” to Trump.

A freshman congressman, Van Drew was elected in 2018 after a hard-fought race against Republican Seth Grossman. 

In his announcement with Trump, Van Drew said he grew disillusioned with the Democratic Party, and noted the Republican Party was a “better fit” for him.

In the past, Van Drew’s views inclined toward conservative issues, although he often voted with the Democrats. As a state legislator, he voted against raising the minimum wage and legalizing same-sex marriage, while opposing strict gun-control measures and supporting concealed carry for gun owners. 

During the 2018 Democratic primary, Van Drew was criticized for his 100 percent rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA), and for a $1,000 donation he received from that gun lobbying group in 2008. Van Drew’s office said he declined the donation. 

In October, Van Drew indicated his opposition to an impeachment inquiry, noting it would “further divide the country, tearing it apart at the seams and will ultimately fail in the Senate.” 

Van Drew made the party switch official the day after the House voted on two articles of impeachment against Trump. Van Drew was one of three Democrats to vote against the articles. 

On Dec. 18, Van Drew joined Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota as the only two Democrats to vote against the abuse of power amendment, while Van Drew, Peterson and Rep. Jared Golden of Maine were the only dissenting Democrats to vote against the obstruction of Congress amendment. 

Both amendments passed, making Trump the third president in U.S. history to be impeached by the House. 

While Trump blasted the impeachment as a “hoax,” “scam” and “witch hunt” on Twitter, he heaped praises on Van Drew. 

“Congressman Jeff Van Drew is very popular in our great and very united Republican Party. It was a tribute to him that he was able to win his heavily Republican district as a Democrat. People like that are not easily replaceable,” Trump tweeted Dec. 17.

There are multiple candidates who have announced their plans to run in the Republican and Democratic primaries for Van Drew’s House seat.

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