N.J. Eighth District lawmaker not to seek new term

Scott Rudder was elected in 2007.
Scott Rudder was elected in 2007.
Posted: April 03, 2013

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."

In New Jersey, the Legislature is a part-time job and officeholders frequently have other employment.

Rudder, of Medford, is a business development manager at the Moorestown plant. The Eighth District includes part of Burlington County and smaller parts of Camden and Atlantic Counties.

"We completely respect his decision," said Bill Layton, the GOP committee chairman in Burlington County. "The party, in an effort to move on, has chosen Maria, a remarkable young woman. . . . If elected, she will be the first Hispanic Republican woman elected to the Assembly."

Republicans nationwide have launched an effort to attract more minorities after last year's defeat in the presidential race.

Rodriguez-Gregg, of Evesham, also works as a dental hygienist. Her endorsed running mates are Assemblyman Chris Brown and State Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego, who also live in Evesham.

The Democrats have endorsed a slate of three newcomers. Javier M. Vasquez, 49, of Medford, a designer of orthodontic equipment, is running for the Senate. The assembly candidates are Ava Markey, 22, of Marlton, an education major at the College of New Jersey, and Robert L. McGowan, a retired nursing home administrator from Medford Lakes. McGowan, 64, who ran for the borough council in 2009, was the acting administrator at the county-run Buttonwood Hospital in Pemberton for two years before its sale last year.


Contact Jan Hefler at 856-779-3224 or jhefler@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @JanHefler. Read her blog, "Burlco Buzz," at www.philly.com/BurlcoBuzz

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