Assemblyman Ryan Peters (R-Hainesport) has ruled out running for Congress against Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton) in New Jersey’s 3rd district next year.
“I have less than zero percent interest in running for Congress,” Peters told the New Jersey Globe. “I like what I’m doing now.”
Peters said he will support former Burlington County Freeholder Kate Gibbs if she challenges Kim.
Gibbs is considered the Republican front-runner as the GOP seeks to reclaim the House seat Kim took from two-term Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) in 2018.
Burlington County Republican Chairman Sean Earlen, a close Peters ally, endorsed Gibbs for the congressional nod in July.
Peters is seeking re-election to a second term in the State Assembly in the 8th district, one of the most politically competitive legislative districts in the state.
State Sen. Dawn Addiego (D-Evesham) switched to the Democratic Party in January, and Assemblyman Joe Howarth (R-Evesham) lost the GOP primary in June after speculation that he was also considering a party switch led to a loss of Republican organization support for his re-election bid.
Former Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield, who defeated Howarth in the primary, is running with Peters.
Democrats have been using a potential congressional run as an issue against Peters in his Assembly re-election campaign.