Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-1) announced today that he will not be running for Congress.
He expressed his appreciation for the support he has received, especially that of the County Chairs who have been waiting for him to make a decision before they do any endorsements.
“I want to express my sincere appreciation to the Chairmen of South Jersey for their unwavering support. It was very heartening to feel that level of support and loyalty,” said Van Drew.
“After much deliberation, I have decided not to run," he added. "The State of New Jersey is more challenged now than at almost any time in our recent history. I have the honor and responsibility of sitting on the Budget Committee, chairing the Community and Urban Affairs Committee, and Vice Chair of the Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. As a chairman of a committee and as a member of the budget committee I believe I am in a position in the State Senate to make a tangible difference in South Jersey. These decisions are never easy but I believe that at the present time this is the correct decision and wisest course of action."
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"When you're asked to cast a vote on a bill and it seems innocuous, and it's got a hidden land mine that perhaps only an expert would see, it would sort of behoove those experts to tell us in advance rather than make us look, shall we say, a little bit indecisive later on." - Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-25).- NJTV
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