State Assemblyman Scott Rudder, one of three Republicans who represent the Eighth Legislative District in New Jersey, has decided not to seek another term.
Rudder, who was elected to the Assembly in 2007 after serving for a decade on the Medford Township Council, said he wanted to spend more time with his family.
The Burlington County Republican Committee has endorsed Maria Rodriguez-Gregg, 31, an economics major at Rutgers-Camden and a newcomer to politics, to replace him on the June primary ballot.
"At the end of the day, I'm a father first," said Rudder, who has two daughters, ages 9 and 6, and a 4-year-old son. He also said that he has a "demanding job at Lockheed Martin that requires travel," and that giving up his Assembly seat "makes my life a little simpler."