Republican officials say two-term Republican Rep. Jon Runyan of New Jersey intends to retire rather than seek re-election next year.
Runyan released this statement on his decision Wednesday morning:
"After a great deal of thought and discussions with my family, I've decided not to seek re-election in 2014. Politics shouldn't be a career and I never intended to make it one. While it has truly been an honor to serve the people of New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District, at this stage in my life, and more importantly, the lives of my three children, spending time with them is my top priority. As I serve out the rest of my term, I will continue to work hard for the people of South Jersey."
Runyan, a former professional football player for the Philadelphia Eagles, defeated a Democrat to win his seat in 2010, one of dozens of newcomers who gave the GOP the majority in the House.
His decision gives Democrats a chance to win back the seat.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly speak about the decision by name before a formal announcement.