Allen drops bid for Congress

State Sen. Diane Allen says she will not be a candidate for Jim Saxton’s open House seat next year.

“Now is not the time in my life that I feel prepared to again fight a Democrat opponent as well as a rogue faction of the Burlington County Republican Party simultaneously,” Allen said .

Allen, a longtime legislator and former CBS news anchor in Philadelphia, had been expected to seek the 3rd district seat, and her sudden departure amidst a major intra-party battle in Burlington extends the turmoil of the Republican campaign to hold Saxton's seat in 2008. It also enhances the chances of an Ocean County Republican winning the GOP nod.

Democrats have united behind State Sen. John Adler, who has the backing of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. DCCC Chairman Christopher Van Hollen is with Adler in New Jersey today. Allen drops bid for Congress