State Sen. Chris Connors (R-Lacey) won’t challenge Rep. Andy Kim (D-Bordentown) next year.
“I’m happy where I’m at right now, seeking re-election to the Senate. There were two other opportunities in which I was attempted to be recruited, but had no desire to go to Washington for the same reasons,” he told the New Jersey Globe. “I’m a homebody. I would be homesick 15 minutes on the other side of the Delaware Memorial Bridge.”
Republicans have viewed the third congressional district as a top target since Kim ousted Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) in 2018. It was the closest race of the year, one that wasn’t called for days after polls closed.
Growing Democratic strength in Burlington county carried Kim over the top.
The results were far less narrow last year, when Kim defeated former Hill International CEO David Richter by 33,513 votes after a bruising Republican primary against former Burlington County Freeholder Director Kate Gibbs.
Connors has spent 31 years in the legislature, starting with an 18-year stint the Assembly that began in 1990. Before that, he spent five years on Lacey’s Township Committee and was executive director of the New Jersey Commission on Capital Budgeting and Planning during Gov. Tom Kean Sr.’s administration.
“This is really my calling,” he said of the legislature. “And this is where I want to stay.”