Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (R-Middletown) says she will not seek re-election to an eighth term in 2019, setting up a contest for an open seat in a reliably Republican legislative district.
Handlin told the New Jersey Globe this afternoon that she will retire at the end of her current term in January 2020.
“It feels like the right time,” Handlin said.
A former Middletown deputy mayor and Monmouth County Freeholder, Handlin was elected to the Assembly in 2005 after defeating incumbent Joseph Azzolina in the Republican primary.
Handlin, 63, recently retired as a professor at Monmouth University.
Monmouth County Republicans have a deep bench in the 13th. Democrats have not won a legislative race in that district since 1983.
Handlin said she has not endorsed any successor.
“It’s up to the county committee,” she said. “We have a lot of great people throughout the district.”