NJ congressman one of two Democrats against impeachment

Rep. Jeff VanDrew was one of only two Democrats in the House of Representatives who voted against opening a formal impeachment inquiry.

Rep. Justin Smash, who left the GOP over his clashes with President Donald Trump, was the only member of the House of Representatives elected as a Republican that voted in favor of the resolutions.

Republicans had been calling on the majority to open the inquiry but after Army Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, told House impeachment investigators on Tuesday that the White House transcript of a July call between Trump and Ukraine’s president omitted crucial words and phrases, they shifted their strategy.

Polls show a majority of people in the United States support Trump’s impeachment and removal from office but the House vote is merely an initial step in that direction.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has taxed the patience of Democrats who see overt acts by the White House to justify action but her strategy is meant to deny legitimacy to opposition critics.

VanDrew is with viewed as a pawn of notorious South Jersey political boss George Norcross, a Trump associate and member of the President’s Mar-a-Logo club in Florida.

Rep. Donald Norcross, the power broker’s brother, voted in favor of the impeachment resolution.

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