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Rush Holt, U.S. Representative from the 12th District in New Jersey covering areas including North Brunswick, East Brunswick, Princeton, Monroe Township and others, announced he will not run for re-election.
State Sen. Linda Greenstein, D-14th District, Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-15th District, Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula, D-17th District, and Andrew Zwicker, head of the head of the Science Education Department at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, are seeking their party's nomination to succeed Holt in a mostly Democratic district.
The Democratic nominee will likely face Republican candidate Alieta Eck, a former Senate candidate from Franklin Township, in the November general election.
Holt, a plasma physicist and eight-term congressman (and five-time "Jeopardy!" champion), is only the second research physicist to be elected to Congress.
In a Salon.com interview published on March 3 he said he doesn't "see much hope for progress" in Washington, slamming climate change deniers in the Republican Party. "This is the least productive Congress in anybody's memory, and that's by design -- that's what the leadership wants," Holt said in an interview published online Thursday by Salon.com.