Princeton-environs U.S. Rep Rush Holt, who ran against Cory Booker for Senate last year, will step down at the end of his term. Most famous for being a five-time Jeopardy! champion and an actual rocket scientists, he was not only championed scientific research funding, but was also among the more progressive members of the Democratic caucus.
Meet your PA-13… frontrunner? In terms of political experience (none) and name recognition (scant), Dr. Valerie Arkoosh is the dark horse in the race for Allyson Schwartz’s seat in Congress. But she’s not cashing checks like one. She finished the year having raised more cash ($935,000) and having more of it on hand ($643,000) than anyone else in the race. Arkoosh, from Springfield Township, is an obstetric anesthesiologist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and was until recently the president of a health care advocacy group called the National Physicians Alliance, which is much less of a lobby for rich doctors than it sounds. I recently spoke with Dr. Arkoosh by phone.
Inquirer politics reporter Jonathan Tamari reports that G. Cobb may only be “considering” running for Congress.
UPDATE: Ex-Eagle Garry Cobb "considering" running for House, per friend, not yet in, contrary to stmt from Camden County GOP chair #Inq
— Jonathan Tamari (@JonathanTamari) February 6, 2014
Not content with his empire of a radio hosting gigs, a Philadelphia sports analysis website and possibly dangerous video blog series, ex-Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Garry Cobb is going to run for Congress! Newsworks’ Dave Davies writes:
Former Eagles linebacker Garry Cobb will seek [New Jersey's] 1st Congressional District seat being vacated by Democratic U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, according to Camden County GOP chairman Thomas Booth.
“It’s certainly a great opportunity to take back this congressional seat as what it truly should be, which is the people’s seat,” Booth said in a telephone interview.
Update: That mystery law firm is Dilworth Paxon, and The Donald will indeed be running for Andrews’s seat.
South Jersey Congressman Rob Andrews will resign from Congress later this month, according to a report from the Inquirer‘s Jonathan Tamari. And in news that should surprise exactly no one, he will become a public affairs person at a (yet unnamed) leading Philadelphia law firm (read: lobbyist) and
his interim replacement will be state senator Donald Norcross, brother of political boss and Inky co-owner George Norcross, is expected to run to replace him.
2014 will be a huge year in Pennsylvania politics — and particularly Philly area politics — with contested house seats, jockeying for position in a mayoral race, the national media ‘s fascination with Chris Christie and the hottest governor’s race in the country.
Here’s more on the four major political storylines that will play out over the next year.
Starting next month, U.S. Rep Chaka Fattah gets his own twice-monthly television show.
Moderate Republican congressman Jon Runyan won’t run for reelection in 2014, leaving New Jersey’s third district (BurlCo, Ocean County) wide open. The 40-year-old Runyan (of course) said he is leaving to spend more time with his family, which includes a teenage son who plays football at St. Joe’s Prep. The real reason, many suspect, is that he’s sick of the hard-liners in his own caucus.