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New Jersey GOP congressman LoBiondo to retire after 12 terms

By The Associated Press
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Twelve-term GOP Rep. Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey says he plans to retire, declaring that "our nation is now consumed by increasing political polarization" and that "there is no longer middle ground."

The 71-year-old became the latest moderate Republican to make plans to step down as his party struggles with internal divisions under President Donald Trump.

His decision opens up a highly competitive seat in southern New Jersey that President Barack Obama won easily twice. Democrats made clear they will try to win the district as they aim to retake control of the House next year.

LoBiondo said Tuesday that legislators had previously "fought against allowing the perfect to become the enemy of the good." He says now "a vocal and obstinate minority within both parties has hijacked good legislation in pursuit of no legislation."

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