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Rep. Rush Holt Announces Retirement At End Of Term

Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) (file/credit: holt.house.gov)

Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) (file/credit: holt.house.gov)

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WEST WINDSOR, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP)New Jersey Congressman Rush Holt has announced he will retire from office when his term ends in January.

The Democrat who represents central New Jersey’s 12th District announced his decision not to run for re-election in November with an email to constituents on Tuesday.

Holt holds a doctorate in physics. Before joining Congress in 1999, he had a career in academia. He beat the IBM computer Watson in a Jeopardy challenge in 2011.

Holt, 65, ran for the U.S. Senate last year to fill the seat left vacant by Sen. Frank Lautenberg but lost in the primary to Cory Booker.

His retirement ensures major changes in New Jersey’s congressional delegation next year.

Democratic Rep. Rob Andrews resigned this month. Republican Rep. Jon Runyan is also not seeking re-election.

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