New Jersey State Senator Joe Kyrillos will not seek reelection in 2017, according to a report on Observer-PolitickerNJ .
“It has been the greatest privilege of my life to serve the people of my district and the state of New Jersey in the Legislature,” Kyrillos told the Observer. “Ever since I was a kid growing up in Monmouth County, I’ve always believed that public service is an important and noble profession. I am truly fortunate to have had the ability to serve for so many years in the state Senate, and I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished on behalf of the people of New Jersey.”
A senator since 1992, Kyrillos has been a consistently influential figure in Monmouth County, Trenton and beyond. Known for his elegant and diplomatic style, the silver haired gentleman from Middletown is a consensus and relationship builder who started his political career right out of college working for Vice President George H.W. Bush during the 1984 presidential campaign. After President Ronald Reagan’s reelection, Kyrillos served as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Interior until he was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1987.
Kyrillos was the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in 2012, Governor Chris Christie’s 2009 Campaign Chairman and the Chairman of the New Jersey GOP from 2001 through 2004.
A long term friend of Christie who introduced Kryillos to his wife, Susan, the senator shocked New Jersey and national Republicans when he broke with his friend and endorsed former Florida Governor Jeb Bush for the 2016 presidential nomination.
In an email to his friends and colleagues, Kryillos said:
It is with overwhelming friendship and gratitude that I write you today to announce I will not be running for re-election to the state Senate in 2017. I wanted you to be the first to know of my decision.
It has been the greatest privilege of my life to represent my district and the State of New Jersey in the Legislature. These past 28 years have been a true honor and I’ll continue to serve until January of 2018. As you can imagine, it’s not an easy decision for me or my family. But, having spent half my lifetime serving in the legislature, it’s time for some new challenges and opportunities. And, obviously, the constraints and frustrations of serving in the minority and with the process is a factor.
I am extraordinarily proud of all I’ve accomplished – on issues ranging from job creation and the economy, to improving schools and protecting the environment and in helping people with their problems – big and small. Susan and I will of course continue to be active in our community and around the state and I’ll stay involved in public affairs at home and nationally. Thank you for your confidence and support over many years. I intend to stay in close touch!
God bless you, our state, and our great country always.
All the best,