United States Representative Rush Holt, a Democrat from New Jersey's 12th District, announced on Tuesday that he will not be seeking re-election in 2014.
Holt has held the office for eight terms. In an email to his supporters, Holt wrote:
"As friends who have worked with me know, I have never thought that the primary purpose of my work was re-election and I have never intended to make service in the House my entire career. For a variety of reasons, personal and professional, all of them positive and optimistic, the end of this year seems to me to be the right time to step aside and ask the voters to select the next representative."
As recently as January 2014, Holt was still holding town hall meetings in communities in his central Jersey district, which includes East Brunswick, Milltown, Spotswood, Fanwood, Scotch Plains and Plainfield.
Holt sought the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in the 2013 special primary election to fill the seat of U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg after Lautenberg died in June. Holt lost the nomination to Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who ended up winning the seat against Republican Steve Lonegan in the October Special Election.
Republicans have held the House since 2010, when they won a sweeping victory eight months after the passage of Obamacare, which just went into effect four months ago. Currently, polls in a generic Congressional vote for 2014 show it dead even between Repulicans and Democrats, 41.7-41.7, according to an average of polls compiled by RealClearPolitics.com.