Donald Norcross announced his candidacy for Congress just four hours after Rep. Rob Andrews announced he was resigning. Norcross is seeking to represent New Jersey's 1st Congressional District, which encompasses Camden, Gloucester and Burlington Counties.
Andrews resigned Tuesday morning. He said he resigned for "personal and family reasons" and was accepting a position at a Philadelphia law firm.
"As a constituent and a friend, I thank Rob Andrews for his service. I hope that if I am elected, I can carry on the fine work he did for the people of the First District. I believe that our best days are ahead," said Norcross.
"I am running for Congress because South Jersey needs someone who is going to stand up for us in Washington, D.C., as Rob Andrews has done for more than two decades. I have spent my career fighting for middle class families, senior citizens and workers. It is a sad truth that while some are doing better, too many are falling further behind. If elected to Congress, I will focus on creating jobs across South Jersey and an equal opportunity for everyone."
Norcross lives in Camden with his wife Andrea. He's a father of three and grandfather of two.