New Jersey’s Republican congressmen, Chris Smith (NJ-4) and Jeff Van Drew (NJ-2) today proposed legislation that would retroactively grant a cost of living (COLA) increase to senior citizens collecting social security for 2020 and further increase seniors’ income in 2021, according to an announcement from Smith office.Read the rest of this entry » Posted: October 16th, 2020 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: COLA, Congressman Chris Smith, Congressman Jeff Van Drew, Joe Vicari, New Jersey, Social Security | 2 Comments »
By Art Gallagher
David Richter, the former CEO of Hill International, a global construction management firm, has had a tough start to 2020. Richter, of Princeton, was the front runner for the GOP nomination for Congress in the second district of New Jersey and was poised to end the political career of Congressman Jeff Van Drew.
The impeachment of President Donald J. Trump upended Richter’s self-funded path to Congress. In a deal brokered by former Governor Chris Christie, according to the NY Times, Van Drew became a Republican and pledged his undying support to the President. Trump, seeing a opportunity much larger than picking up one congressional seat in New Jersey, provided Van Drew with a first class political operation and cleared the path for the freshman congressman to win the GOP nomination for reelection.Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2020 Congressional Races, 2020 Presidential Politics, Opinion | Tags: 2020 elections, Analysis, Andy Kim, CD 12, CD-3, Chris Christie, Congressman Andy Kim, Congressman Jeff Van Drew, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, David Richter, Kate Gibbs, New Jersey, Opinion, Tom MacArthur | 2 Comments »