Donald Trump said Friday that he has a very good chance of winning New Jersey.

Trump announced on Truth Social that Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ), a former Democrat who switch to Republican in 2020, will lead his 2024 effort in the Garden State.

“I am pleased to announce that very popular and highly respected Congressman, Jeff Van Drew, will be heading up my New Jersey effort for President. I have known Jeff for a long time and consider him to be one of the best political minds anywhere. He feels, as do I, that because the Biden Administration has been so bad to the Garden State, that we have a very good chance of winning New Jersey,” Trump wrote.

“We will put it on our List for Rallies and all other forms of Events, and make a concerted effort to WIN! I spend a great deal of time in New Jersey, love the State, and its people. With what is going on in our Country now, Open and Broken Borders, Record Setting Crime, High Taxes and Regulations, Disrespect of our Military and Vets, the Worst Inflation in 72 years, and a Terrible Economy, we will win New Jersey, and possibly by a lot,” he continued.

“Jeff Van Drew will put his Talents on display for all to see. I thank him very much. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” he added.

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New Jersey Globe reports:

Van Drew is one of Trump’s top allies in New Jersey. He endorsed Trump a week after the 2022 general election.

For now, Trump faces a high-profile New Jersey challenger: former Gov. Chris Christie.

Van Drew spent 17 years in the New Jersey Legislature, assembling a fairly moderate-to-conservative record in a Republican part of the state, and was elected to Congress as a Democrat in 2018, but switched parties in December 2019 after refusing to vote for Trump’s impeachment. He was re-elected as a Republican.

Sitting with the president in the Oval Office, Van Drew pledged his “undying support” for Trump.

“I believe that this is just a better fit for me,” Van Drew said at the time. “This is who I am.”

“Trump mentioned Van Drew as a possible running mate during a fundraiser for the New Jersey congressman’s re-election campaign Wednesday night in August 2022,” New Jersey Globe added.

Per Breitbart:

It is certainly a large undertaking, as New Jersey, which has 14 electoral votes to offer, has chosen the Democrat nominee in every single presidential election for the last three decades — since 1992. In 2016, Trump lost the state by 14.1 percentage points, and in 2020, the gap was 15.9 percentage points.

Rep. Van Drew spoke to Breitbart News Saturday in April and said at the time that he believes Democrats are targeting Trump with the New York indictment because they are afraid of what he will do — let the “truth ring out” — if he makes it back to the White House.

“This is a disease with the Democrats at this point. They just can’t stop. We had one impeachment, we had another impeachment, we had the Russian collusion, we had the stuff with Ukraine, that’s only to mention a few. They just can’t leave it alone,” he said. “They are, in my opinion, so afraid of this man because they know if he wins the presidency of the United States again, that he will let the truth ring out.”

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“He will crack that ugly egg called Washington, DC, and let out the stench and corruption and everything else,” the congressman added.

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