New Jersey Rep. Rob Andrews to leave Congress this month

BY Zachary Treu  February 4, 2014 at 2:12 PM EDT
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Rob Andrews (D-N.J.) will retire from Congress in February. Photo by Flickr user cliff1066

Longtime Congressman Rob Andrews, D-N.J., announced Tuesday he will resign from the House of Representatives around Presidents Day (Feb. 17), He plans to join a law firm in Philadelphia, Dilworth Paxson, according to a report from Philly.com.

Last year, he became the subject of a House Ethics Committee investigation after allegations emerged that he spent campaign funds on trips to Scotland and Los Angeles, and used his daughter’s graduation party to raise money for political gain.

Andrews, 56, has represented New Jersey’s 1st congressional district for 24 years, and is a member of the House Committees on Armed Services and Education and the Workforce. He released a statement outlining his resignation.

”The House has always been a place of high energy and healthy division, and it remains so today. My decision is, however, most emphatically not a political decision about what is happening in Washington — it is a personal decision about the best path for my family.”

Democratic party leaders in the southern New Jersey area have endorsed State Sen. Donald Norcross for Andrews’ seat.

Andrews will be one of 26 members who have announced plans to retire from the hill this year, and the thirteenth from the Democratic Party.