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Jeff Van Drew
Jeff Van Drew.jpg
New Jersey Senate District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 2008 - present
Term ends
January 10, 2014
Years in position 6
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Assistant Majority Leader (Assembly)
2006-2007
Compensation
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2007
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey General Assembly District 1
2002-2007
Mayor, Dennis Township
1994-1995, 1997-2003
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 23, 1953
ProfessionDentist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification

Jeff Van Drew (b. February 23, 1953 in New York, NY) is a Democratic member of the New Jersey Senate, representing District 1. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

He is the Vice Chair of the Senate Environment Committee. Bills that have been sponsored by Senator Van Drew include Senate Bill 6 and Senate Bill 64.[1] Prior to his time in the Senate, Van Drew served from 2002-2007 in the New Jersey General Assembly. From 2006-2007, he was the Assistant Majority Leader in the Assembly.

Biography

Van Drew graduated with a B.S. from Rutgers University, and also graduated with a D.D.S from Fairleigh Dickinson University Dental School. Van Drew was an intern at Veterans' Administration New Jersey Healthcare during his education.[2] He has been a Family dentist since 1980 and was a member of the New Jersey General Assembly from 2002-2007. Van Drew was also the mayor of Dennis Township from 1994 to 1995 and 1997 to 2003.[3]

Issues

Campaign themes

2011

On their shared campaign website, Van Drew, Matthew Milam, and Nelson Albano list five major themes of their campaign:[4]

  • Protect South Jersey jobs and grow our state economy
Excerpt: "Nelson and Matt are working to help small business owners by eliminating exorbitant fees, cutting red tape and providing other incentives."
  • Cap state spending and relieve the burden on hardworking taxpayers
Excerpt: "Families across New Jersey are tightening their belts to live within their means—and it’s time state government did the same. Nelson and Matt support a state spending cap because they don’t want to see our tax dollars going toward wasteful pet projects."
  • Prohibit politicians from accepting gifts from lobbyists
Excerpt: "Nelson and Matt are neighbors, community leaders and small business owners—not career politicians. That’s why they support legislation that prohibits politicians from accepting gifts from lobbyists. Working alongside Jeff Van Drew, they are advocating for tougher election laws to keep corruption out of our state government."
  • Bring home South Jersey’s fair share of state resources and money
Excerpt: "...Nelson and Matt are a powerful voice making sure we get our fair share of state resources. They’ve secured funding for tourism, open space preservation and economic development and will continue to advocate for critical projects, such as additional tourism funding to support the local economy in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties."
  • Improve access to affordable health care and prescription drugs
Excerpt: "Health care is a right, not a privilege—and tough economic times should not mean our children, families and seniors are denied they quality care they deserve."

Committee assignments

2010-2011

In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Drew served on these committees:

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Drew ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 1. Drew was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary and is challenged by Susan Adelizzi Schmidt (R) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[5][6][7]

2011

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Van Drew won re-election to the District 1 State Senate seat in 2011. He was unopposed for the June 7 Democratic primary election. Van Drew defeated David DeWeese (R) in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011. David DeWeese advanced past the Republican primary after defeating opponent Thomas Greto. [8]

New Jersey State Senate District 1 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Van Drew Incumbent 54.1% 24,557
     Republican David DeWeese 45.9% 20,857
Total Votes 45,414

2007

In 2007 Van Drew was elected to the New Jersey State Senate District 1. Van Drew (D) finished with 28,240 votes while his opponent Nicholas Asselta (R) finished with 22,460 votes.[9] Van Drew raised $364,011 for his campaign fund.[10]

New Jersey State Senate District 1
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jeff Van Drew (D) 28,240
Nicholas Asselta (R) 22,469

2005

In 2005 Van Drew was re-elected to the New Jersey Assembly District 1. Van Drew (D) and candidate Nelson Albano (D) defeated incumbent John Gibson (R) and candidate George Cecola (R) in the general election.[11] Van Drew raised $$799,176 for his campaign fund, and incumbent John Gibson (R) raised $214,143.[12]

2003

In 2003 Van Drew was re-elected to the New Jersey Assembly District 1. Van Drew (D) and candidate John Gibson (R) defeated candidates Maria Laboy (D), Andrew McCrosson, Jr. (R), Carly Massey (I), Mary Snyder (I) and Costantino Rozzo (I) in the general election.[13] Van Drew raised $188,430 for his campaign fund. John Gibson (R) raised $74,607, Maria Laboy raised $85,255, and Andrew McCrosson raised $33,223. [14]

2001

In 2001 Van Drew was elected to the New Jersey Assembly District 1. Van Drew (D) unseated Republican incumbent John Gibson. Candidate Douglas Jones-Romero (D) and incumbent John Gibson (R) lost in the general election.[15] Van Drew raised $530,833 for his campaign fund. Incumbent Nicholas Asselta (R) raised $78,600, Douglas Jones-Romero (D) raised $196,100 and John Gibson (R) raised $64,972.[16]

Campaign donors

2011

In 2011, Van Drew received $338,525 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[17]

New Jersey State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jeff Van Drew's campaign in 2011
Cape May County Democratic Cmte$20,000
Electrical Workers Local 351$17,400
New Jersey Regional Council Of Carpenters$15,200
New Jersey Association Of Realtors$11,600
Developers PAC$10,400
Total Raised in 2011 $338,525
Total Votes received in 2011 24,557
Cost of each vote received $13.79

District 1 ranked eighth in fundraising

As of October 25, candidates for District 1 raised $ 1,302,937--according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. This made District 1 number eight in fundraising for the 2011 election season.[18]

2007

In 2007, Van Drew collected $364,011 in donations.[19]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Cape May County Democratic Committee $57,400
New Jersey Dental Association $10,660
Election Fund of Richard Codey $8,200
Electrical Workers Local 351 $5,530
Association of New Jersey Chiropractors $5,460

2005

In 2005, Van Drew collected $799,176 in donations.[20]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
New Democratic Leadership PAC $235,917
Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee of New Jersey $18,750
New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters $15,400
Sires for Assembly $15,000
New Jersey Dental Association $13,880

2003

In 2003, Van Drew collected $188,430 in donations.[21]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
New Jersey Democratic Party $25,000
New Democratic Assembly Leadership PAC $12,500
Cape May County Democratic Committee $8,000
Leaders PAC $7,200
Election Funds of Louis D Greenwald for Assembly $7,000

2001

In 2001, Van Drew collected $530,833 in donations.[22]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
New Jersey Democratic Party $233,660
Cape May County Democratic Organization $230,000
First Jersey Committee $7,200
Joe Fo Roberts $7,200
New Jersey Dental Association $7,200

Debate

On Wednesday, October 21, the District 1 legislative candidates took part in a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

  • Video of the debate can be found here.

Personal

Van Drew and his wife, Ricard, have two children. They currently reside in Cape May Court House, New Jersey.

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