(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- An 87-year-old state Senator from New Jersey has decided to switch parties from Republican to Democrat for his next re-election campaign.
Samuel Thompson, who has served four terms in the state Senate as a member of the GOP, made the announcement after other members of the party said they wouldn’t support him for re-election due to his age and his ability to continue serving.
As Thompson said:
“I have not left my party. My party leadership has left me. The betrayal by so many of my friends – that was too much for me.
“It is my life. It gives me something to do every day when I wake up to get there and help people. The alternative is sit at home and just wait to die? I have to be active. I think I’m doing a public service.”
Thompson may find it challenging to win election as a Democrat in New Jersey, due to the fact that he is a supporter and friend of former President Donald Trump.
He was asked by local media outlets whether he believed that relationship would make it difficult for him to be accepted in the Democratic Party, and he replied:
“Everyone is entitled to their own choices and what they’re going to do.”
With Thompson switching parties, Democrats will now have 25 seats in the state Senate rather than the 24 they had before. There are 40 seats in the New Jersey Senate, meaning Democrats now hold a 25-15 edge over Republicans.
Rob Bengivenga, who serves as the chairman of the Middlesex County Republican Party, said he was disappointed that Thompson would be making the switch in party allegiance.
Asked why he was deciding to support someone else instead of Thompson in the next election, Bengivenga said:
“I was hoping the senator would embrace it and work together as a mentor and advisor for the years to come.”
It isn’t clear at this point whether New Jersey Democrats would even welcome Thompson with open arms into their party, or whether the liberal party would make him their candidate for the next General Election.
At the same time, the top Democrat in the state, Governor Phil Murphy, said he was happy Thompson would be joining the liberal party. He said that Thompson was a “tireless public servant” who would make a good fit as a Democrat.
Thompson is an Army veteran who used to be a research scientist. He said he has plans to run for re-election in the state’s legislative race, which will be held in November. In fact, every seat in the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly are up for re-election this November.
The state’s primary elections will be held in June. Thompson likely would’ve faced a challenger in the GOP primary if he hadn’t switched parties. It’s not sure whether Democrats will run anyone against him in their primary, or whether it’ll be uncontested until the General Election.