UPDATE: Congressman Rob Andrews Announces Resignation Amid Ethics Investigation

He announced his resignation on Tuesday, announcing he would take a position with a law firm.

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Congressman Rob Andrews will resign from office to pursue a position with Dilworth Paxson, the law firm confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

"I couldn't be more enthusiastic about joining Dilworth at this moment in its history," Andrews said in a statement released by the company. "I've enjoyed a long relationship with the Firm and count many of its members among my dear friends."

Andrews represented parts of Camden, Gloucester and Burlington counties during his time in office, which began in 1990.

He is the subject of an ethics investigation that centers around his use of $30,000 in campaign funds to finance a family trip, among other accusations.

He said the investigation had nothing to do with his decision to resign, according to nj.com. His term was set to expire at the end of the year.

"For nearly a quarter of a century, Congressman Rob Andrews has worked to improve educational opportunities for New Jersey students, to grow the economy responsibly, and to ensure a strong national defense,” New Jersey Democratic Committee Chairman John Currie said in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon. “Although I am confident in the prospects for Democrats to win his seat, he leaves a lasting legacy. No doubt, Congressman Andrews' presence in Washington, fighting on behalf of the people of the first congressional district, will be missed. I wish he and his family well as he begins a new endeavor."

“We're committed to securing talent with the kind of deep, broad based knowledge and problem solving expertise demonstrated by Congressman Andrews that allows us to enhance and expand the critical services and solutions we provide to our clients.” said Dilworth Paxson CEO Ajay Raju, who called Andrews a "welcome addition."

State Sen. President Steve Sweeney endorsed State Sen. Donald Norcross as Andrews’ replacement, according to nj.com.

Paul J. DiBartolo February 05, 2014 at 10:28 AM
Also, as for provocation...when I see comments like, "Love the hate on here," you're right, I respond in kind. BTW, feel free to live by your own words, "That is all, I don't want to wade any deeper into these dirty waters. " I won't miss you.
John February 05, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Poor Rob, forced to collect a six figure a year fed pension which by the way includes medical and sadly for him it's not Obamacare. Now, the poor skunk lands a job where most likely he made senior partner during his interview. It's really disheartening to hear these stories but folks it's not about the job he did but about the bullshit he sold. In Philly/S.Jersey area as long as your a Democrat by all means pad your retirement and pad it well because the dopes that vote you in haven't a clue and you know it !!
JustALocalGuy February 05, 2014 at 10:38 AM
What do you call 100 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean?
Brian N February 05, 2014 at 10:40 AM
It's tough to compromise with a Republican congress who will do anything to make sure you fail, even at the expense of the American people
Paul J. DiBartolo February 05, 2014 at 10:42 AM
This is representative of one big corrupt circle of friends/family and it's amazing how all the names show up when you start digging: Florio...Andrews...Mayer...Don Norcross, and it all comes back to King George.
Paul J. DiBartolo February 05, 2014 at 10:46 AM
Yeah, Brian, I get it. Which Republican caused the colossal failure known as ObamaCare? In fact, Obama refused at every step of the way to listen to, or implement, one suggestion offered by Republicans. Good thing; now he can own the full collapse of his signature legislation and then spend the rest of his term in office trying to figure out how to blame it on George Bush and everybody else but himself.
Brian N February 05, 2014 at 11:02 AM
The standard answer from the right. They will be terrified when they realize Obamacare is far from the disaster you are predicting. And every Republican "suggestion" along the way was focused on gutting the law, so of course they would not be listened to. Once again, Republicans focused on making sure Obama fails instead of providing real solutions for all of the lose who can't get insurance.
John February 05, 2014 at 11:44 AM
Brian, if the president would of made it so medical insurance companies had to compete against one another like say auto insurance. That in itself would of been a step in the right direction. But it Wasn't about that at all. Obamacare was a backdoor move which allowed the takers to get more "free stuff" and frankly the entitlement culture in this country is costing us dearly. Love em or hate em, Christie was absolutely dead on when he addressed the outrages coast of pensions in the state of NJ. Newark and Camden are bankrupt and many other borough's and municipality ' s are on the brink of bankruptcy because they are paying more retirees then the current work staffs that are needed to run them presently. Add in all the free meals in the schools, on top of food stamps , free cell phones and the list goes on. Property tax is the highest it's ever been. Brian , property tax in itself should not ever exceed the mortgage of a house where say a newlywed couple put 5 or maybe 10 percent down. How can this president not expect push back from those who can see the forest through the trees. Brian, this is the only country in the world where a 300lb. Welfare mom will tell you she ain't got nuffin in to eat and liberal Rags (like patch) buy it and then sell it. Enough !!
Whoisleadingus?? February 05, 2014 at 11:46 AM
Brian N, I would disagree with your assumption that Obamacare is going to work. First of all, nearly 6 million people have been kicked off their individual plans already, forced onto Obamacare, and the company requirements have not even kicked in yet. This means you will see a lot more individuals forced onto Obamacare when that kicks in. I think it was Thomas Jefferson who said…”If you are not free to refuse, you are a slave. You are under the dictates of someone else. You are not free. In the end politics is a nice way to disguise theft, slavery and control.” Secondly, the CBO, who is a non-partisan group, already identified that 2.3 million people will lose their jobs after full implementation. The answer from the Democratic Party is…”well it gives those employees a chance to find something better.” These are not solutions but additives to the problem. As much as I applaud the Democratic Party for trying to get everyone covered, I think you know this is not the way. The question that all of us should be asking is why? Why did we need to provide a healthcare program that most American’s will eventually be forced to transition onto? Why didn’t they just pass a law that said insurance companies could not turn down individuals with a pre-existing condition? Why was over $650 million wasted on a website program that doesn’t work? Why is Obamacare only legal as a tax? Why do people not realize that Obamacare is a TAX that EVERYONE now has to deal with? Why wouldn’t the Democratic Party take suggestions from the Republican Party? Why if Obamacare is so great did Congress exempt themselves and their friends from it? I’m pretty sure the answers to those questions would not have led to over 60% of Americans wanting it repealed. I am also certain that those answers would not have led to the President’s 39% approval rating. Unless you know more than 71% of all the other Americans, I would suggest Obamacare is not going to work.
Brian N February 05, 2014 at 12:16 PM
We can both twist the numbers and facts to support out arguments, but the bottom line is no one is changing the other's opinion. I guess the question I would ask is what can we agree on? Maybe that needs to be asked more before any real change can happen
Brian N February 05, 2014 at 12:20 PM
John, I'm just curious, do you believe all of the poor and needy are just lazy "takers"? Of course there are bad apples in every bunch, but I would ask what do you do for those who are truly in need by no fault if their own? Those who can't afford food or medical care? Do you just say tough luck or are we obligated to help them? I believe, as some one who is not in that situation, I have an obligation to help those in need, even if it means there will be some taking advantage of that. How do you feel?
Collingswoodnative February 05, 2014 at 12:47 PM
"He said the investigation had nothing to do with his decision to resign..." When a career politician says it has nothing to do with an investigation it means it has EVERYTHING to do with it.
Whoisleadingus?? February 05, 2014 at 02:01 PM
Brian N, I would agree, a good place to start would be to find something we ‘ALL’ could agree on. However, if you recall, Obamacare was passed with ‘zero’ Republican votes. This is essentially because the Democratic Party (Nancy Pelosi) in the House rushed the bill through the House before they lost the controlling majority. Then Harry Reid used his majority in the Senate to pass it BEFORE “…we open it up and see what is inside it.” They knew it would never have passed had they given the chance to read it. That action does not exactly support the “I will reach across party lines for a brighter future” argument the President promised the American people before his election. Unfortunately, after opening it up and implementing it, Americans are noticing the disaster it has become. To your point, I too believe a good place to start would be to find something we ‘ALL’ could agree on. But first we need to acknowledge who is to blame. Not to do so is like trying to offer an alcoholic treatment before he acknowledges that he is an alcoholic. The next steps would be to repeal the law, just temporarily, until both political parties look at it. Together, they both should be able to take and give a little and get a better program down for all Americans. The Republicans first have to admit that they hear the American people and agree with Democrats that there is a solution to cover everyone. Likewise, The Democrats must agree the law is a terrible as written and must accept that perhaps the Republican’s experts might have a possible solution. We not only should to do this, but we need do this BEFORE our children and grandchildren pay the price.
Schu February 05, 2014 at 09:24 PM
Rep. Scumbag needs $ 750,000 to put one of his no talented daughters through Medical school and $ 174,000 a year plus federal government perks, and kick backs and slush funds isn't enough. This message coming from the Democrats who love to scream they are a champion for the poor.
Gary Kuehnapfel February 06, 2014 at 07:09 AM
To all the Republican's: I know that all of you are delighted that Rob Andrews is leaving. I also know that you believe that government is bad and can do no good. But Rob was a great congressman who brought in many millions of dollars to his district! His reward for that was to be re-elected over 20yrs. That doesn't happen unless you are doing something right. He's helped both Republican's as well as Democratic's. His ethics violations were not a good thing, however he has paid all the money back and was still re-elected. I hope him all the best in the future. Don Norcross is a good choice to replace him because of all his good work as state senator.
John February 06, 2014 at 07:17 AM
Get me a bucket
John Melilli February 06, 2014 at 07:45 AM
Gary, Brian and anyone else who support(ed) Andrews, Norcross and Democrats in general. Andrews BROKE the law. If I steal money from any institution and am found out later, I would need to face the consequences PLUS return the money. That's what we serfs face. A different code of justice. Andrews and the privileged like him judge themselves behind closed doors (Democratically Controlled House Ethics Committee) and create the perfect, and lucrative exit plan. The 30 Grand is a small fraction of the downpayment Andrews will get from Dilworth. Listen very carefully, Vote for every TEA PARTY candidate you can. Donate money to the TP organizations. They are fighting the institutionalized corruption at every level of Government. They raised $6.1M last year exceeding Karl Rove's machine. The two party system is destroying America. As far as Andrews bringing back $ to our District, I say it should never have been taken in the first place. Abolish the corrupt IRS. Abolish the corrupt FED. Stop the NSA spying. Justice for the Benghazi Four. Justice for Brian Terry. Wake up. Act. Vote knowing that sending Norcross perpetuates the corruption.
Paul J. DiBartolo February 06, 2014 at 11:57 AM
Hey Gary K, there's the big difference between you and me; you think ever-growing government taking our money and then forcing us to try to elect some lapdog that will get some of that FREE tax-payer funded graph back is a good thing. I have to agree with John, give me a bucket. This guy was Florio's lapdog and has been little else than an obedient Democrat operative from day one. As opposed to being reelected because of his popularity, I would suggest you look around King George Norcross' kingdom of Camden County and see how many Republicans are able to get elected. I recently ran for office in Gloucester Township and my team was outspent by $110k to 9k and all the money the Dems raised was from township contractors paying to keep the town's business. Your comments would be laughable if your understanding of the situation wasn't so pathetic.
Gary Kuehnapfel February 06, 2014 at 12:34 PM
To Paul J. DiBartolo: That's why they say that " Politics Ante Bean Bag"! If you had won your election and you had the opportunity to do it, you would have gotten rid of all the dem.'s and filled those jobs with all rep.'s. In other words you would have done exactly the same thing that George Norcross did!
John Melilli February 06, 2014 at 01:01 PM
I guess from your comment Gary, you believe an Auctionacracy is better than a Republic? Then you must be for CU? How the f&*k do you know what Paul would have done? Is it what you would do if you held public office? Please...read your posts before you post them.
Paul J. DiBartolo February 06, 2014 at 01:05 PM
Wrong, Gary K. Don't try to cast your personae onto me. In fact, you just identified what kind of shill you would be. Some of us still have integrity. I stated out front to any town contractors willing to listen that there was no need to worry about losing work if I was elected as long as they were giving the best bang for the buck, no campaign coffer contributions needed or accepted. Glad to have identified you as part of the problem rather than part of any viable solution.
Gary Kuehnapfel February 06, 2014 at 01:27 PM
To Paul J. DiBartolo: So if a Rep. contractor was willing to out spendthe Norcross contractors are you telling me that the Norcross contractors would still have jobs? Especially if there was only enough work for one contractor. I do agree that it's not right, but it is reality. The bottom line is that they are going to spend their money on the candidate that they perceive who is going to do the best for them. Also if your a Dem. and you worked with the Norcross team, then the money would have gone your way.
John Melilli February 06, 2014 at 01:33 PM
If it's not right why do people still vote for these people?
Pete Heinbaugh February 06, 2014 at 01:38 PM
Gary, your comments are so troubling that I am going to assume that you are just trolling for a reaction.
Paul J. DiBartolo February 06, 2014 at 01:49 PM
Gary, I'm not sure what world you're living in but have you ever heard of "Pay to Play" reform? It's what the people want and demand. An engineering firm doing work in GT and selected as Primary Engineering for Streets spent $64,000 in the last election cycle through campaign contributions (some through the back door) to guarantee it's vaunted position. Can you please provide your rationale and justification for allowing that kind of activity to continue. BTW, If I spend $64k of my money to guarantee my candidate the place needed to continue to award me such contracts, how do I make up that money? Who is actually paying the $64k? I'll save you the extra brain power needed to figure that out: the taxpayer foots the bill through higher than needed costs of contracts. Finally, Pete makes a good point and further plainly ignorant comments from you will likely be ignored.
Gary Kuehnapfel February 06, 2014 at 01:59 PM
To John Melilli: The reason why people keep voting for these people is because they like their political leaders, their ideas and their deeds. If they didn't they wouldn't invest their vote on them. We know from the last presidential election that all the money in the world won't get you elected if the people do not want what you are selling. Pete Heinbaugh what you said about me is NOT untrue. I am a progressive Dem. and I enjoy a good back & forth discussion. However I try not to make the attacks personal.
John Melilli February 06, 2014 at 03:50 PM
Gary: So you are OK with the fact that Andrews does not have to face justice for what he may have allegedly done wrong? That the House Ethics Committee can adjudicate it in a closed door deal that allows him to resign without the facts being given to his constituents? That the long legacy of pay to play in NJ which contributes to our exorbitant taxes is acceptable? That we in Camden county pay for the failure that is Camden City? Honestly...can you really say this is not only ok, but should perpetuate because we "like their ideas their deeds"?
Gary Kuehnapfel February 06, 2014 at 05:32 PM
To John Melilli: Andrews did pay the money back and he is leaving. As far as money in politics goes, I would like to see all corporate or union money out of politics. The only money that should be in politics is from individuals in limited amounts. We both know that would never happen from both sides of the aisle. Remember if Rob Andrews didn't make his constituents happy he would not have been re-elected so many times.
D.Brown February 06, 2014 at 09:44 PM
Well, if Norcross gets Andrews job, is Mayer going to go for Norcross's job. As for Andrews, I have been calling him for 2 years asking what did they do for the middle class? For 2 years they did not come up with one thing. I was told he never calls anyone back, is that how politics is run up here.
Paul J. DiBartolo February 07, 2014 at 06:39 AM
Mayer's not the man for the Norcross seat, wrong district so he wouldn't meet the residency requirement. Of course, that didn't stop Gabby...


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