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Rep. Jeff Van Drew is one of only two democrats in the country to vote against the impeachment inquiry.

USA TODAY

Rep. Jeff Van Drew dispensed with any subtlety last December when he sat next to President Donald Trump in the White House as a newly converted Republican.

“You have my undying support — always,” he told Trump, extending his hand to shake the president’s.

That moment and Van Drew’s defection from the Democratic Party thrust a sleepy swing district in South Jersey into the national spotlight on the eve of Trump’s impeachment.

As Trump Republicans cheered, Van Drew was a refugee from Democratic extremism and a sign of broader, bipartisan misgivings about the impeachment crusade. It was a move, he argued, that was in step with his voters in New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District. 

“I believe that this is just a better fit for me,” he told Trump.