State Sen. Robert Littell, the dean of the New Jersey Legislature, will not seek re-election to another term in the Senate. The 71-year-old Sussex County Republican was elected to the State Assembly in 1967, and moved up to the State Senate when Wayne Dumont left in 1990.
Littell's retirement sets up a 24th district Senate primary between Assemblyman Guy Gregg and Littell's hand-picked successor, Sussex County Freeholder Steve Oroho. Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, the Senator's daughter, will seek re-election on Oroho's slate.
Gregg, a seven-term Republican from Morris County, announced several weeks ago that he was prepared to challenge the incumbent in the GOP primary.
"The Sussex County Republican Party extends our sincere appreciation to Senator Robert Littell for his many years of service and sacrifice to the people of the 24th Legislative District and the State of New Jersey," said Sussex County GOP Chairman Richard Zeoli. "The people of Sussex County owe Senator Littell a sincere dept of gratitude for working so hard to fight for our interests and advance the Republican agenda. Sussex County is a better place because of Senator Littell and we can not thank him enough for all of his service."
Littell becomes the eight Senator to opt for retirement this year. That number is expeced to grow by at least one more.