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Patrick Kennedys Wife Launches House Campaign Against New Republican Jeff Van Drew

Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-N.J.), who left the Democratic party over House Democrats impeaching President Donald Trump, could face a Kennedy in the general election this year.

Van Drew represents New Jerseys 2nd Congressional District.

Amy Kennedy, the wife of former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), said on Jan. 6 shell run for the seat as a Democrat.

A former public school teacher and current education director of the Kennedy Forum, a group that advocates for mental health policies, Kennedy resides in Brigantine and was born in New Jersey.

Kennedy targeted both Van Drew and Trump, who welcomed Van Drew into the Republican party last month, in the video announcing her campaign.

“Too many of our leaders have lost their moral compass,” the mother of five said. “Trump and Van Drew are symptoms of a bigger sickness infecting our country and our politics. Doing whats right shouldnt be complicated. Treat one another with respect, show some compassion, and look out for others.”

Kennedy said the biggest public health emergency of our time is “the mental health and addiction crisis.” She said she felt she couldnt “sit back and wait for things to change.”

Three other Democrats have announced bids for the seat: Ashley Bennett, a member of the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders; West Cape May Commissioner John Francis II; and political science professor Brigid Callahan Harrison.

Three Republicans will be vying to win the Republican primary against Van Drew: businessman Brian Fitzherbert, former congressional candidate Bob Patterson, and David Richter, a CEO.

President Donald Trump meets with Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-N.J.) in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Dec. 19, 2019. (Evan Vucci/AP Photo)

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