Rob Andrews confirms: Resigning from Congress Feb. 18

Rep. Rob Andrews announces he's leaving CongressRep. Rob Andrews, 23-year member of the House of Representatives and South Jersey’s senior congressman, is resigning from Congress effective February 18th. Andrews is in the middle of his 12th term. He announced a few minutes ago that he will be heading up the D.C. office of Dilworth Paxson LLP (read: become a lobbyist). Interestingly, the firm’s website trumpets its role in the purchase of the Philly Inquirer and other media holdings to George Norcross’ company.

Andrews has been the subject of an ongoing House Ethics Committee investigation of improper use of campaign funds for Andrews’ personal use. The probe began after reports that Andrews was using campaign funds for trips to California, where his daughter was trying to start up a singing career.

Andrews’ departure will end that inquiry.

Word is that South Jersey and labor leaders will now rally around Donald Norcross to fill the seat in the reliably Dem CD. Norcross is expected to issue a statement later today.

Donald Norcross has had something of a charmed life in New Jersey politics. If he snags a United States Congress seat from here, it will be after only 4 years in elective office in the NJ legislature. And that career began, and and is defined by, getting appointed to seats and special circumstances that virtually guaranteed his success. Norcross, also a labor leader, is very much the beneficiary of his brother’s power.

Norcross and running mate Angel Fuentes were elected to the Assembly in 2009 after Democratic incumbents Nilsa Cruz-Perez and Joe Roberts both retired. Roberts was re-nominated in the primary, but announced that he would not seek re-election in September 2009, allowing his party to pick a ballot replacement: Norcross. He served only one week in the Assembly before being selected to replace Dana Redd in the NJ Senate. All very smooth, involving cogs in the Norcross machine clicking into place and essentially thwarting the Democratic process the voters of South Jersey should be able to exercise if it wasn’t already all done done for them.

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Comments (10)

  1. sayitaintso

    got the scrutiny the NY-NJ Port Authoirty is getting, some Democrat dominoes would start to fall, too.

    And Rosi– I mean Democrat, not democratic


  2. Rosi Efthim (Post author)

    Via South Jersey Times:

    “I’m strongly endorsing (State Sen.) Donald Norcross” to replace Andrews. I’m excited for this opportunity for him.”

    Sweeney also called the exiting Andrews a “mentor” for himself and others. On his move to a private sector gig: “He deserves to make a living. He’s putting his family first, which is what he should do.”  

  3. 12mileseastofTrenton

    But he can use Don to continue to expand his payday.

  4. Rosi Efthim (Post author)

    Via Politico:

    “”I will tell you that I hope Donald Norcross enters the race,” Andrews said during the press conference. “I will have a voice in that process I’m sure.”

  5. freshstart

    If voters just go along with the Norcross pick for Congress then we can’t complain about having a government controlled by the party bosses. It is time for a Primary where we have a real say about who represents us.

  6. Rosi Efthim (Post author)

    Releasing a statement a few minutes ago, Greenwald commends Andrews’ service. Then:

    “I strongly support Senator Donald Norcross to be the next Congressman from New Jersey’s First District.  During his time in the Senate, Senator Norcross has been a key leader in the fight to strengthen the middle class, a strong voice for job creation and economic growth, and a champion of public safety.  

    “Senator Norcross has also shown a willingness and ability to work across the aisle at a time when compromise is sorely lacking in Washington.  I have no doubt Senator Norcross will bring these same outstanding qualities to Congress, and I support him wholeheartedly.”

  7. Rosi Efthim (Post author)

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