|NJ State Senator Kevin O'Toole (Star Ledger photo Tony Kurdzuk)|
New Jersey Republican State Senator Kevin O'Toole, a staunch defender of Gov. Chris Christie, announced today that he will not seek re-election when his current two-year term ends.
Matt Rooney writes in The Save New Jersey Blog:
For now, there’s still two years left for the veteran legislator who, it seems, will wrap up his career in politics to coincide with Christie’s own departure from Trenton. “While I have decided not to seek another term in office, I intend to complete the remainder of my term – which ends in January of 2018,” O’Toole announced.”
Susan K. Livio writes in NJ.com:
O'Toole has served on two of the most influential committees, Senate Budget and Appropriations and Judiciary, which vets judges, prosecutors, cabinet members and justices serving on the state Supreme Court. He said his proudest accomplishments include sponsoring the 2 percent cap on property taxes, tougher penalties on child predators and a ban on dual office-holding.
"When I first ran for office in 1989, at age 24, I never dared dream that I would be fortunate enough to serve the public for 29 years — when my term ends," O'Toole said in his statement.
"As when I voluntarily left the Cedar Grove Town Council after 7 years, the party chairmanship after 12 years, and now 22 years in the Legislature, I believe it is time to create opportunities for the next — younger — generation of dedicated public servants to have their chance to make a difference," he said.
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