Congressman Rush Holt will not seek the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senator in 2006, and will back Bob Menendez for the seat. “My interest in the Senate is rooted in my belief that New Jersey will be best served by someone who stands up for people without privilege, who values civil liberties, who is committed to a responsible foreign policy, and who will not let principle bend to expediency,” Holt said. “Last week, I met with Bob Menendez to talk about several legislative issues and the preservation of Jon Corzine’s progressive legacy in the Senate. I have a great deal of respect for Bob’s abilities, and our conversation about issues important to our state has led me to the conclusion that Jon Corzine made a good decision. I therefore do not intend to challenge Bob in a primary for the Senate.” Holt is expected to seek re-election to a fifth term in the House next year.