Alieta Eck, the Somerset County doctor who ran unsuccessfully for New Jersey's vacant U.S. Senate seat last summer, is running for Congress in 2014.
Eck, who had not sought elected office before the Senate race, lost the August Republican primary to Steve Lonegan. Cory Booker, the former mayor of Newark, won the general election in October.
"I'm building on the momentum I gained in the Senate race," Eck said this week. "The people of New Jersey are looking for something different. They're looking for a smarter, more efficient government."
Eck's plans were first reported by PolitickerNJ.com. She had set up an exploratory committee and now says she will formally announce her candidacy next week.