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 re-election in 2014. A former professional football player with the Philadelphia Eagles, he defeated a Democrat to win 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 on Tuesday.
“Swing voters want no part of the reckless and irresponsible agenda that House Republicans have been pushing for years,” Mr. Israel said. “His retirement makes this swing district even more competitive.”