UPDATE: Congressman Rob Andrews Announces Resignation Amid Ethics Investigation

He announced his resignation on Tuesday, announcing he would take a position with a law firm.

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Congressman Rob Andrews will resign from office to pursue a position with Dilworth Paxson, the law firm confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

"I couldn't be more enthusiastic about joining Dilworth at this moment in its history," Andrews said in a statement released by the company. "I've enjoyed a long relationship with the Firm and count many of its members among my dear friends."

Andrews represented parts of Camden, Gloucester and Burlington counties during his time in office, which began in 1990.

He is the subject of an ethics investigation that centers around his use of $30,000 in campaign funds to finance a family trip, among other accusations.

He said the investigation had nothing to do with his decision to resign, according to nj.com. His term was set to expire at the end of the year.

"For nearly a quarter of a century, Congressman Rob Andrews has worked to improve educational opportunities for New Jersey students, to grow the economy responsibly, and to ensure a strong national defense,” New Jersey Democratic Committee Chairman John Currie said in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon. “Although I am confident in the prospects for Democrats to win his seat, he leaves a lasting legacy. No doubt, Congressman Andrews' presence in Washington, fighting on behalf of the people of the first congressional district, will be missed. I wish he and his family well as he begins a new endeavor."

“We're committed to securing talent with the kind of deep, broad based knowledge and problem solving expertise demonstrated by Congressman Andrews that allows us to enhance and expand the critical services and solutions we provide to our clients.” said Dilworth Paxson CEO Ajay Raju, who called Andrews a "welcome addition."

State Sen. President Steve Sweeney endorsed State Sen. Donald Norcross as Andrews’ replacement, according to nj.com.

Gary Kuehnapfel February 06, 2014 at 01:59 PM
To John Melilli: The reason why people keep voting for these people is because they like their political leaders, their ideas and their deeds. If they didn't they wouldn't invest their vote on them. We know from the last presidential election that all the money in the world won't get you elected if the people do not want what you are selling. Pete Heinbaugh what you said about me is NOT untrue. I am a progressive Dem. and I enjoy a good back & forth discussion. However I try not to make the attacks personal.
John February 06, 2014 at 03:50 PM
Gary: So you are OK with the fact that Andrews does not have to face justice for what he may have allegedly done wrong? That the House Ethics Committee can adjudicate it in a closed door deal that allows him to resign without the facts being given to his constituents? That the long legacy of pay to play in NJ which contributes to our exorbitant taxes is acceptable? That we in Camden county pay for the failure that is Camden City? Honestly...can you really say this is not only ok, but should perpetuate because we "like their ideas their deeds"?
Gary Kuehnapfel February 06, 2014 at 05:32 PM
To John Melilli: Andrews did pay the money back and he is leaving. As far as money in politics goes, I would like to see all corporate or union money out of politics. The only money that should be in politics is from individuals in limited amounts. We both know that would never happen from both sides of the aisle. Remember if Rob Andrews didn't make his constituents happy he would not have been re-elected so many times.
D.Brown February 06, 2014 at 09:44 PM
Well, if Norcross gets Andrews job, is Mayer going to go for Norcross's job. As for Andrews, I have been calling him for 2 years asking what did they do for the middle class? For 2 years they did not come up with one thing. I was told he never calls anyone back, is that how politics is run up here.
Paul J. DiBartolo February 07, 2014 at 06:39 AM
Mayer's not the man for the Norcross seat, wrong district so he wouldn't meet the residency requirement. Of course, that didn't stop Gabby...


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