Van Drew won't challenge LoBo
By Max Pizarro | January 27th, 2014 - 7:15pm
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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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"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

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