New Jersey Republican Jon Runyan won’t seek re-election to the House, opening a seat in a swing district that could become a 2014 battleground.
“Politics shouldn’t be a career and I never intended to make it one,” Runyan said in a statement. “While it has truly been an honor to serve the people of New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District, at this stage in my life, and more importantly, the lives of my three children, spending time with them is my top priority.”
Elected in the Republican wave of 2010, Runyan is a former professional football player. He played for three teams, including the Philadelphia Eagles.
The 3rd District stretches from parts of New Jersey’s Philadelphia suburbs across the state to Toms River and the Jersey Shore. It also includes several military installations including McGuire Air Force base and Fort Dix.
The district backed President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney 52 percent to 47 percent in the 2012 election.
Runyan is the 16th member of the House to announce a decision not to seek re-election. He’s the second two-term Republican to announce a retirement in less than a month, following Tim Griffin of Arkansas.
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