Assemblyman Andrzejczak Chosen to Succeed Van Drew in State Senate

The Democratic committees of the 1st Legislative District have selected Asm. Bob Andrzejczak (D-LD-1) to fill the state Senate seat vacated by now U.S. Congressman Jeff Van Drew (D-CD-2).

Members of the committees, comprised of Cape May County and sections of Cumberland and Atlantic Counties, unanimously approved Andrzejczak by a voice vote Sunday afternoon.

“It’s definitely an exciting time right now,” Andrzejczak said after the meeting. "Jeff has been around forever and has done a phenomenal job representing the people of this district for a very long time. To be appointed to fill those shoes is definitely an honor.”

Andrzejczak, who has served in the Assembly since 2013 and is an Iraq War veteran, said he would serve as the vice chairman of the Senate Military and Veteran Affairs committee as well as a member of the Senate Budget Committee.

“I look forward to working on a much smaller scale,” the senator-elect said. “In the Senate, you are dealing with only 39 other individuals, whereas in the Assembly, you are only dealing with 80 people. That is a lot. You are constantly competing and battling. To be on a much smaller stage and have my voice heard more, I'm very excited about the opportunity, and I will be hitting the ground running like you have never seen before. I'm really excited.”

Van Drew was sworn-in as a member of Congress on Thursday. A long-time credit union supporter while serving in the state Legislature, the NJCUL supported his campaign with the maximum allowable CULAC support. He also took time during his campaign to meet with credit union leaders at Jersey Shore FCU and was the guest of honor at the NJCUL’s Advocacy Appreciation Reception during its annual convention in October.