Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, chairman of the tough House Appropriations Committee, introduced Monday he received’t seek re-election, boosting the possibilities for any other Democratic pick-up alternative forward of the 2018 midterms.
Mr. Frelinhuysen mentioned that he has at all times attempted to paintings in a bipartisan means and that his father, who served within the House for twenty years, reminded him continuously that “we are temporary stewards of the public trust.”
“I have sincerely endeavored to earn that trust every day, and I thank my constituents and my home state of New Jersey for the honor to serve, and I will continue to do so to the best of my abilities through the end of my term,” the New Jersey Republican mentioned in a commentary.
Mr. Frelinghuysen, first elected in 1994, mentioned his “deepest devotion” right through his time in Congress has been to supporting the Armed Forces, and touted his strengthen in securing key federal investments for his house state.
Despite his tough put up, he bucked GOP management and voted in opposition to the Republican tax-cut package deal remaining yr, becoming a member of different blue-state Republicans’ considerations in regards to the removal of the state and native tax deduction.
He joins a handful of House Republican committee chairmen — lots of whom shall be term-limited out of the ones posts — who aren't looking for re-election this yr.
Mr. Frelinghuysen has mechanically cruised to re-election, however President Trump very narrowly carried the district remaining yr and Democrats were eyeing it as a possible pick-up alternative.
Rep. Steve Stivers, Ohio Republican and chairman of the House GOP’s marketing campaign arm, mentioned Monday Republicans plan to carry the seat in November.