The office of U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-9) today ruled out the Bergen Congressman as a 2013 opponent to Gov. Chris Christie.
“Congressman Steve Rothman has great respect for the office of governor of the state of New Jersey, full well understands its important responsibilities, and is flattered by those who have suggested he should run to be New Jersey’s next governor,” said Rothman Communications Director Aaron Keyak.
“However, Congressman Rothman wishes to continue his career in public service for New Jersey in the Congress, where he continues to fight for and protect our country and our state. Therefore, Congressman Rothman will not be running for governor.”
Party sources point to Rothman as a statewide threat – usually in the context of a U.S. Senate run – in part owing to his district’s important geographical location and the congressman’s toehold in Bergen, Hudson and Passaic counties – all important Democratic Party building blocks.