LoBiondo to retire after 12 terms

LoBiondo to retire after 12 terms”

After 12 terms in office, Mr. LoBiondo said he chose to leave now in part because of term limits on his service on the Intelligence Committee and as chairman of the Transportation Committee's subcommittee on aviation.

With the announcements from LoBiondo and Poe, the list of Republicans who've announced plans to retire rather than seek re-election is now near two dozen, compared to fewer than half-a-dozen Democrats.

LoBiondo, a Republican, represents a swing district that sprawls across South Jersey and the Shore, one that supported Barack Obama twice but also backed President Trump a year ago.

"From day one I have always put South Jersey first and people before politics, giving 200 percent to representing our interests while promoting our way of life", LoBiondo said in a statement.

He also blasted gridlock in Washington D.C. and said that "vocal and obstinate minority within both parties" has hijacked good legislation and produced no legislation. From increasing veterans' services and strengthening the footprint of our homeland security bases to growing our aviation industry and protecting our tourist-based economy through beach replenishment projects, I am immensely proud of the record I have accomplished.

LoBiondo, who has represented New Jersey's 2 Congressional District - which includes all of Southern Ocean County except the western half of Stafford Township and all of Barnegat Township - since 1995 announced that he will retire at the end of his current term. He voted against mountaintop mining and has opposed offshore drilling.

LoBiondo, serving his 12th term, voted against the House's Trumpcare bill and has declined to support his party's new tax-reform plan.

Again, LoBiondo isn't resigning; he's simply announcing he will not be running for re-election. Jeff Van Drew, one of the most conservative Democrats in the state Legislature, is looking to succeed retiring Rep.

In his statement announcing his decision, LoBiondo said it was not "health-related" or "electoral", and bemoaned the polarized nature of Congress today. While President Trump won the district in 2016, former President Obama won the district in 2012.

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers applauded the New Jersey rep for his accomplishments, adding he believes the GOP will hold the seat. The seat is now seen as in play for Democrats. Check back for updates.

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