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.
Now that 6th District U.S. Congressman Jim Gerlachain’t running for re-electing (woe be you if you’re a moderate Republican these days, amirite Jon Runyan?), Montco County Commissioner Leslie Richards may be gunning to fill his shoes.
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.
On Tuesday, Absecon 6th grade teacher Amy Petitgout–aka the wife of ex-Rhode Island congressman Patrick Kennedy’s–gave birth to a little girl. (Pat=son of Teddy.)Today, two-day-old Nora made her first appearance in the press, which as a Kennedy, won’t be her last.
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.
It got close-ish at the end there, but was there ever any doubt? Booker won 55%-44% in an election featuring one of the lowest-ever statewide turnouts in New Jersey, with under 25% of the voting population participating. (Hmm, wonder why?) Here’s Senator-elect Booker’s characteristically enthusiastic, hoarse-throated, victory speech. For what it’s worth, Booker began by praising his predecessor Frank Lautenberg, who wasn’t exactly fond of him.