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February 18, 2014

New Jersey Democrats Mull Future of Rush Holt Seat

As eight-term Rep. Rush D. Holt announced on Tuesday his retirement from Congress, New Jersey Democrats looked to the future of his seat.

Like all races in New Jersey, any contender will need the support of the state’s political machine.┬áTypically, a party nominee is decided in the backrooms of New Jersey politics, but a flood of names surfaced as operatives digested the surprise Holt announcement.

At least one New Jersey Democratic operative hoped that the retirement would translate into a female addition to the delegation. Full story

Rush Holt Announces Retirement

Rush Holt Announces Retirement

Holt will not seek a ninth term. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Rush D. Holt, the New Jersey Democrat who last year lost a special-election primary to now-Sen. Cory Booker, announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election to a ninth term.

Holt, a physicist-turned-congressman, is the third member of the New Jersey delegation to either resign or not seek re-election in 2014. His 12th District, which includes Trenton, is not competitive for Republicans.

“There is no hidden motive for my decision,” Holt said in a statement to supporters. “As friends who have worked with me know, I have never thought that the primary purpose of my work was re-election and I have never intended to make service in the House my entire career. For a variety of reasons, personal and professional, all of them positive and optimistic, the end of this year seems to me to be the right time to step aside and ask the voters to select the next representative.”

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