Franks weighs return to House

Former Rep. Bob Franks says that he hasn’t had time to consider a return to the House seat he held from 1993 to 2001, but promises a very quick decision.

"My phone has been ringing incessantly. My Blackberry has filled up with emails,” Franks told “I don't have anything to say at this moment, and I will be talking to some friends."

Franks said he was surprised by the decision of his 37-year-old successor to retire after eight years in office.

“If you had warned me that this morning something like this would happen and you’d be posing this question to this to me, I’d say we were both out of our minds,” said Franks.

Franks, 56, a former Assemblyman and GOP State Chairman, won the 7th district House seat when Matthew Rinaldo retired in 1992. He left to run for the U.S. Senate in 2000, losing to Jon Corzine by a narrow margin.

Franks weighs return to House