Another Longtime Dem Congressman Jumps Ship

Posted by on Feb 04, 2014 at 8:34 am

Seems to be a lot of this going on. Clearly they realize there’s no hope of regaining control of Congress.

South Jersey Congressman Rob Andrews will resign from Congress later this month to take a job with a prominent Philadelphia law firm, a source close to the situation said Tuesday morning.

Andrews, a Democrat in his 24th year in the House, will resign around President’s Day weekend, the source said. He will take over a public affairs job at the firm, according to the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity and did not want to name the firm in advance of Andrews’ announcement.

State Sen. Donald Norcross is expected to run to replace Andrews and will be endorsed by the top names in South Jersey Democratic politics later this morning. Norcross is a labor leader — the former head of the South Jersey AFL-CIO — and brother of South Jersey power broker George Norcross. (George Norcross is also majority owner of the company that owns the Inquirer and

Andrews, 56, sees the new job as a chance to help secure the financial future for his family, the source said. He has two daughters, aged 19 and 21, and has been in government for nearly 30 years.

Obviously he needs the money.

But Andrews has also faced an ethics committee investigation over a family trip to Scotland paid for with campaign funds. The House ethics committee was investigating the trip and the use of $30,000 of campaign money to pay for flights, a luxury hotel stay and other expenses while attending a wedding in Edinburgh.


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