Andrews to retire from Congress

Rob AndrewsCongressman Robert Andrews will resign as a representative of the southern jersey 1st congressional district, according to a reports in Poltico and The Philadephia Inquirer.

Once a Democratic contender for statewide office who competed in primaries for Governor and U.S. Senate, Andrews’s career has apparently been derailed by an ethics investigation into the misuse of campaign funds.  He is taking a job with a Philadelphia law firm, according to The Inquirer.

The Inquirer, majority owned by South Jersey Democratic power broker George Norcross, is reporting that State Senator Donald Norcross, the boss’s brother, will be the Democratic nominee for Andrew’s seat in the House.



Posted: February 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2014 Congressional Races | Tags: , , , | 13 Comments »

13 Comments on “Andrews to retire from Congress”

  1. You Know said at 11:51 am on February 4th, 2014:

    I never heard a big stink in the lame street (liberal media) about this, anywhere near as much as I have about bridgegate.


    Jim Granelli

  2. Drowing_in_ Spam said at 1:38 pm on February 4th, 2014:

    His emails do not have an “unsubscribe” link. Maybe he will stop sending out his spam email now.

  3. @Jim Granelli said at 5:36 pm on February 4th, 2014:

    Maybe if you lived in Fort Lee and took the George Washington Bridge to work everyday, you might recognize the difference between closing lanes on the busiest bridge in the world for political reasons, and doing what countless other politicians have done and gotten away with which is using campaign funds for personal expenses.

    Having said that this would not be a national story except for the fact that Christie is (or was?) the front runner for the GOP nomination in 2016. And before you bring up Benghazi, don’t forget the national media had a field day with Bill Clinton’s extra-marital affairs and Hillary’s Whitewater connections while he was running for President, and after he was elected. My guess is when this is all over, the money spent on investigating Bridgegate (adjusted for inflation) will still be alot less than the $60 million Republicans spent on investigating Whitewater and Bill Clinton’s sexcapades in the Oval Office.

  4. @@ Jim Granelli said at 6:20 pm on February 4th, 2014:

    So, in your mind; one is to be “excused” so to say just because you live in Fort Lee?

    And we are supposed to excuse the lack of coverage on Benghazi, et al because Clinton got what he deserved?


    There in lies the problem. Accepting one thing from the media but excusing another crime is something like “two wrongs make a right.”

    That you do not see the wrong in that scares the hell out of me.

    Jim Granelli

    P.S. My comments were NOT that Bridgegate should not be investigated. It’s about the hypocrisy in the media. And YOU just made my point…

    Game, Set & Match

  5. Hey @ Jim said at 6:46 pm on February 4th, 2014:

    Here’s some more media hypocrisy


    Wonder where you stand on this example?


    Silence Dogood, Redux

  6. @Jim Granelli said at 7:57 pm on February 4th, 2014:

    I’m not “excusing” Rob Andrews, but from a public perception standpoint the two are not equivalent or even comparable. In fact, I saw a poll where 67% of respondents agreed that closing lanes on the world’s busiest bridge for political reasons was not “business as usual” from a political standpoint. OTOH, using campaign funds for personal expenses is not unusual, as movies like “American Hustle” clearly illustrates. I’m not excusing it or that Rob Andrews shouldn’t be prosecuted, I just don’t put it in the same category as Bridgegate.

  7. @@ Jim Granelli said at 8:02 pm on February 4th, 2014:

    Excuse me, but if you don’t see “misuse (AKA stealing) of campaign funds as a more serious problem; YES it does scare the hell out of me.


  8. @[email protected] said at 8:17 pm on February 4th, 2014:

    Oh, so now we have to bring up Trayvon Martin. Apples and oranges. Besides, I saw as much media coverage favorable to George Zimmerman as I did Trayvon Martin. My impression from all the media hype was that George Zimmerman was the second coming of The Lone Ranger. In fact, the first I ever heard about Trayvon Martin was Geraldo Rivera saying he got what he deserved because he wore a hoodie. Maybe Geraldo was right. Anyway I have no doubt George Zimmerman will leverage the publicity he got to write a book and host his own show on talk radio which will become hugely popular, while Trayvon Martin will still be dead.

  9. @jim granelli said at 8:40 pm on February 4th, 2014:

    Jim Granelli said: “Excuse me, but if you don’t see “misuse (AKA stealing) of campaign funds as a more serious problem; YES it does scare the hell out of me.”

    And it scares the hell out of me if you don’t see unlawfully abusing authority to advance a political agenda in such a way (closing lanes on the world’s busiest bridge) as to endanger lives and property as well as interefere with first responders, as a greater abuse of power and a more serious problem than using campaign funds to pay for personal expenses. Besides, I’m sure even you would agree that stealing campaign funds, however serious, is not uncommon. OTOH, I can’t recall any politician or political operative saying “it is time for a traffic jam”. There’s just no precedent for that sort of thing.

    Anyway, like I said before, this would not be as big a story if Christie wasn’t running for President, and if he wasn’t constantly promoting himself on national TV and late night talk shows, even Saturday Night Live. And I’m sure if Rob Andrews was the Democratic frontrunner for President instead of Hillary, his ethics issues would have gotten alot more publicity.

  10. Back to another Congressional seat said at 8:48 pm on February 4th, 2014:

    form Blue Jersey: another slimeball gets out just in time to collect his best pension and health benefits the new law firm won’t have to cover- we taxpayers will.. Must be near- bad, they never leave to take “a new job”or “spend more time with their family” unless the wolves are slathering close to,or at, their door.. And the audacity of that power-broker down there, to just slip in his bro,to go get stuff from DC..with likely some other poor,throwaway Rep, just filling out the opposing column.. Again, no chance of ANY new R seats, anywhere- no wonder we are a laughing stock as a state- it will just never end…

  11. @ All Of You Without Names said at 10:50 am on February 5th, 2014:

    You know, I’m getting tired of debating ghosts who don’t post their names. it’s getting confusing not knowing who I am responding to.

    Now @ @Jim Granelli

    Are you “stuck on stupid?”

    No where did I say bridgegate shouldn’t be investigated, quite the opposite I have said it should and ALL of those directly involved dealt with according to the law.

    But I am sick of the hypocrisy (as exhibited by you on the Andrews matter) of coverage by the media intent on destroying someone who has not been proven guilty in the desire to take him out as a Presidential candidate all the while so many more issues are swept under the rug or minimized by the likes of you; even though they are of far greater concern.

    And as Silence said above, the article illustrated hypocrisy as it related to bridgegate.

    Again, game, set and match. You have lost so move on and stop sinking deeper in the quicksand.

  12. @Jim Granelli said at 4:49 pm on February 5th, 2014:

    Jim Granelli said: “Again, game, set and match.”

    What is this, a comment thread or a tennis match? Anyway, I’ll decide when to move on, not you. Of course, you can move on whenever you want, simply ignore my comments.

    As to media hypocrisy we simply disagree on some points. However, I think even you would agree that if Rob Andrews were the Democratic frontrunner for President in 2016 this would be at least as big a story as Bridgegate.

  13. Fact remains: said at 9:38 pm on February 5th, 2014:

    Another slimebucket that’s been voting to steal our money and rights for too long, squeaks by and slinks out.. Unscathed and unquestioned and unpunished-Only to be replaced by a high-powered kingmaker’s brother, about to do the same.. It stinks, it’s wrong, but/how can we ever stop them?