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September 04, 2008

Robert Andrews re-enters House race

After promising not to run for reelection after making a failed bid for the Senate in New Jersey, Rep. Robert Andrews (D) confirmed that he will be seeking reelection to Congress. 

He explained that his wife, Camille, who won the Democratic primary, decided not to serve because she didn't want to create a conflict of interest if he took a job in the private financial sector with Goldman Sachs.

Andrews’ statement:

It was not my intention to answer the call of my neighbors and friends who have indicated they would stand with me if I sought re-election. As a Cornell Law graduate with considerable experience and expertise in law, finance, and pensions, I had several opportunities in the financial world that were very exciting and would have been very different from the world of government. In the past few weeks, I have reflected on the expressions of support and re-examined the needs, opportunities, values and obligations of my family. Our family carefully considered the substantial opportunities that the private sector would afford to us. Together, we also reflected on the meaning and value our commitment to public service. After much deliberation, thought and prayer, I have decided that I will seek re-election to the House this fall.

The decision of who will be our party's nominee is currently in the hands of several hundred committee people in the First Congressional District after Camille removed her name from the ballot. I am grateful that my wife Camille has served our community and our party by running and winning the June primary. I am also proud of the overwhelming support she received from nearly 90 percent of the primary voters, who clearly realized what an outstanding member of Congress she would be. Camille was very interested in serving the First District, but she ultimately decided not to seek public office because in the event I decided to accept a position in the private financial sector, she did not want conflicts with her ability to serve in Washington.