GOP law­maker says ‘no’ to run­ning for a third term

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

Repub­li­can Rep. Jon Run­yan of New Jersey an­nounced Wed­nes­day he won’t run for a third term next year, giv­ing Democrats an op­por­tu­nity to pick up a House seat in a swing dis­trict.

“Pol­i­tics shouldn’t be a ca­reer, and I never in­tended to make it one,” said Mr. Run­yan, adding that his “top pri­or­ity” is to spend more time with his three chil­dren.

Mr. Run­yan is the 14th House Repub­li­can to de­cide not to run for re­elec­tion in 2014. An of­fen­sive tackle for 14 sea­sons in the NFL, mostly with the Philadel­phia Ea­gles, he won the South Jersey-based seat in 2010.

But Pres­i­dent Obama car­ried the 3rd Con­gres­sional Dis­trict in 2008 and 2012.

Rep. Steve Is­rael, New York Demo­crat and chair­man of the House Democrats’ cam­paign com­mit­tee, said Mr. Run­yan “saw the writ­ing on the wall” in the Vir­ginia gov­er­nor’s race Tues­day, won by Demo­crat Terry McAuliffe.

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