Jeff Van Drew has been winning South Jersey elections for decades. Can he do it as a Republican?

HAMMONTON, N.J. — On a rain-drenched Columbus Day morning, Jeff Van Drew stood beneath a tent emblazoned with an Italian flag and spoke about his wife, Ricarda, and her parents. The Villanis, he said, saw America as the land of opportunity for immigrant families.“Today is about cherishing your heritage, cherishing the people who came here and worked so hard so we can all have the opportunities they had,” he told about 50 business and community leaders at the Sons of Italy lodge here.Van Drew, who is fighting to keep his seat in Congress, has attended Columbus Day events like this one for years…

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