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September 03, 2008

He's ba-ack?

Rep. Robert Andrews (D-N.J.) will be making a “special announcement” tomorrow morning, fueling speculation that he will be again running for the Congressional seat he said he was vacating after an unsuccessful Senate campaign.

A New Jersey Democratic operative said he will indeed be announcing that he is seeking another term.

And the New Jersey political tip sheet PolitickerNJ is reporting that he has already told party bosses in South Jersey that he will be seeking his old seat:

Rep. Rob Andrews is calling key local Democrats today to inform them he is planning to run for his congressional seat after months of vowing he would not. The veteran Camden County Democrat is expected to receive the full support of South Jersey Democratic leader George Norcross who according to a report on PolitickerNJ.com last week had told Andrews he would respect whatever decision he reached.

In April, Andrews told Politico — in the midst of a primary campaign from Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J) — that there was no way he would be running for his old House seat under any circumstances. It would be pretty brazen for Andrews to go back on his word after making such an airtight statement to Politico and other publications.

If Andrews decides to run again, he will be facing Republican minister Dale Glading, who is a long-shot to win in a solidly Democratic district.

Andrews' wife, Camille, won the Democratic primary in June, but never committed to remaining on the ballot. New Jersey election law is lenient in allowing candidates who withdraw from the ballot to be replaced.