President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Newly minted Republican Congressman Jeff Van Drew (NJ) spoke to Fox News’ Eric Shawn on Sunday. Toward the end of their discussion, Shawn asked Van Drew about an upcoming Trump rally scheduled for January 28 in his district (NJ-02).
Unbelievably, there have been over 100,000 ticket requests for a venue that holds only 7,400.
Van Drew told Shawn:
It’s been exciting and I’m proud to say out of all the events he’s done all over the country, we’ve had the most ticket requests. He’s coming to support me and my reelection. He’s coming to speak about his issues and we are really proud to have him. There are going to be thousands upon thousands. The last I heard, I think there’s been about 100,000 ticket requests for the President. We’re proud to have him. We’re proud to have the President. And it shows he cares about the big towns and the big cities and he also cares about the little places.
Wildwood is a town of approximately 5,000 year-round residents. Known for its lovely shoreline, it’s a popular beach destination and fills up fast in the summer. A Cape May County spokeswoman told NJ.com that on a typical summer day, there might be 150,000 people in Wildwood.
Hillary Clinton defeated President Trump in New Jersey by 14%, a wide margin by anyone’s definition. In NJ-02, however, the Congressional district which includes Cape May County, Trump defeated Clinton by five points. Still, winning the state is a long shot.
NJ voted for Eisenhower (twice), Nixon (twice), Reagan (twice) and George Bush (once in 1988). In the last 32 years, the state has voted Democratic.
Rep. Van Drew, you’ll recall, had been a Democrat. Shortly after voting against impeachment, he switched parties.
Amy Kennedy (D), a mental health advocate, and the wife of former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, announced earlier this month she will try to unseat Van Drew.
It is hoped that President Trump’s show of support may help him to fend off that challenge in November
(Relevant segment begins at 2:15 in the video.)