Five Jeff Van Drew Staffers Resign as He Prepares to Switch Parties to GOP

5 staff members of lawmaker Jeff Van Drew have resigned as he plans to switch parties from Democrat to Republican.

The five staff members sent a letter tendering their resignation, writing “Van Drew’s decision to join the ranks of the Republican Party led by Donald Trump does not align with the values we brought to this job when we joined.”

UPI reports five staff members of Rep. Jeff Van Drew said Sunday they resigned from his office due to the New Jersey lawmaker’s decision to switch allegiance from the Democrats to the Republicans.

In a joint letter to Van Drew’s chief of staff, Allison Murphy, the staffers said they appreciated their time working for New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District but could not stay on staff following Van Drew’s decision to join the President Donald Trump-led Republican Party as it “does not align with the values we brought to this job when we joined this office.”

“Over the past year, Trump Republicans have sided with special interests over the needs of working people,” they said in the letter. “Worse, they continue to aid and abet Trump as he shreds the Constitution and tears the country apart.”

The resigning staff members include Javier Gamboa, Edward Kaczmarski, Justin O’Leary, Mackenzie Lucas and Caroline Wood.

“We greatly respect Congressman Van Drew and are deeply saddened and disappointed by his decision,” the said. “As such, we can no longer in good conscience continue our service in the congressman’s employ.”