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One of the most powerful Republicans in Congress just announced he's retiring
July 20 2018, 06:52 | Irvin Gilbert
His father, Peter Frelinghuysen Jr., served as the US representative from New Jersey's 5th congressional district from 1953-75, representing much of the same area Rodney Frelinghuysen does today.
Frelinghuysen is also the ninth of the 21 GOP House chairmen to announce his departure from Congress since Donald Trump's election.
"The congressman has had an incredible 40-year career of service to his state and country", Steinhardt told the New Jersey Herald on Monday.
"This district has been held by a Republican since the 1980's, and we plan to keep it that way in November", Stivers said in a statement.
This announcement may free Frelinghuysen to do the right thing for New Jersey for the rest of his term, something he mostly did before political pragmatism steered him in the wrong direction.
Frelinghuysen is the latest in a growing list of House Republicans facing tough paths to reelection opting to retire in what's expected to be a challenging year for the GOP.
Numerous other chairmen who have announced their retirements, however, would have had to vacate their posts due to term-limits, while Frelinghuysen could have kept his chairmanship for four more years. Persistent rumors that U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan might retire could further complicate the dynamics of the selection process.
By then, Democrats had piled into the 2018 race, with Mikie Sherrill, a Navy veteran and federal prosecutor, garnering the most attention and largely clearing the field.
"This is exactly what democracy looks like", Juviler said Monday.
Mitchell Cobert, a Democratic candidate running on the platform of "Common Sense, Common Ground", said the district's next representative must be someone with those values.
"For over a year, we asked nothing more than an opportunity to meet with our Congressman".
Frelinghuysen voted for the House GOP bill to repeal and replace the health care law past year and received heavy backlash from activists in his district for supporting the plan, even though the GOP ultimately never turned the legislation into law.
The gatherings were dubbed Fridays with Frelinghuysen until his absence became the underlying theme and the days were re-branded Fridays With (out) Frelinghuysen. Earlier this month, an unnamed senior House Republican told Politico it "feels like 2006", a year Democrats won 31 seats and handed the gavel to current House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
"Frelinghuysen's retirement is an example of what can happen when engaged citizens challenge the status quo, raise their voices, and take action".
The New Jersey Sierra Club criticized Frelinghuysen for backing Trump cutbacks at the Environmental Protection Agency, and for not vigorously pursuing cleanups of New Jersey Superfund sites. "We set out to advocate for ourselves and we made the change".
Frelinghuysen (R-11 Dist.) has served as the US representative from the 11 District since 1995.
His father, Peter H.B. Frelinghuysen, served in Congress from 1953 to 1975.
The New Jersey Republican followed a line of five ancestors, dating back to before there really was a United States, who helped shaped American laws.