Aide: LoBiondo will run in 2014

Frank LoBiondo, a longtime Republican Congressman from the Atlantic City area.

WASHINGTON – One targeted South Jersey Republican is out – but another one is staying in.

U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, of Ventnor (by Atlantic City) will run for re-election next year, a campaign aide said Wednesday. We asked about his plans in the wake of U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan’s announcement that he won’t run in 2014 and unsubstantiated rumors that LoBiondo was getting out. Was he in for 2014?

“Definitely” came the one-word reply from LoBiondo’s campaign manager.

LoBiondo, a 20-year Congressman, is up against one of his toughest challenges in years. He’s likely to face attorney Bill Hughes Jr., whose father long held the South Jersey House seat. Democrats are taking aim at LoBiondo after seeing President Obama win his district by eight points last year.

Of course, LoBiondo still cruised to an 18-point victory, running well ahead of Mitt Romney. He’s staying in for another run.

For more on Runyan, and his frustration with gridlock in Washington, his party’s right wing and the wide open race left in the wake of his decision, please check out today’s story from the Inquirer.

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