Mid Term Primary Election

New Jersey State Senator Jeff Van Drew (D), gives a victory speech at the Lobster Loft Restaurant in Sea Isle City, after winning the mid-term Democrat primary election in South Jersey. Van Drew will seek to win the seat for New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District in the upcoming fall election. Tuesday June 5, 2018. (Dale Gerhard / Press of Atlantic City)

Democratic state Senator and congressional candidate Jeff Van Drew said on Thursday that, if elected to Congress this fall, he will oppose the continued leadership of Nancy Pelosi in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

"We need to change the leadership in Washington. After more than a decade of leading House Democrats as Speaker and Minority Leader, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi will not have my support as leader in the next session," Van Drew said in a statement. "After this election, I will carefully consider the potential candidates and support the person who will best stand with us in our fight for South Jersey families. Right now, I'm focused on earning the support of voters in the 2nd district, and the many pressing issues facing South Jersey families and our great country."

Van Drew, who will be running against Republican Seth Grossman in November's South Jersey Congressional race, also took aim at another Democrat Thursday, former state Assembly speaker Vincent Prieto. 

In a separate statement, Van Drew condemned Prieto's recent comments that he wants to reignite the push for casinos in North Jersey, calling it a "top priority."

Prieto is now the head of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.

“It is no surprise that our fight against North Jersey gaming is not over,” Van Drew said in a statement. “Just as Atlantic City is experiencing new found economic momentum and excitement over our victory to bring sports betting to South Jersey, the wolves are back at our door. But we will not back down. As Congressman, I will fight against North Jersey casinos at every turn, and I will not stand for North Jersey gaming expansion.”

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