WASHINGTON – House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) announced Monday that he will not seek re-election to Congress.
“Today as I announce my retirement at the end of this session of Congress, I want to use the opportunity to strongly encourage the many young people I meet to consider public service,” Frelinghuysen said in a statement.
Frelinghuysen, 71, has served in the lower chamber since 1995. He became chair of the Appropriations Committee in 2017.
Frelinghuysen’s district includes much of Morris County and is considered to be in play. In 2016, President Donald Trump carried the district by less than one percentage point. Four years earlier, Republican Mitt Romney carried the district by five points.
Frelinghuysen voted against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, in part because the legislation caps state and local property tax deductions at $10,000. Frelinghuysen’s district includes many areas with high-priced real estate.
Frelinghuysen is included among the more than a half-dozen committee chairs who have recently announced their intention to leave Congress next January.