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New Jersey congressman resigning after 23 years in US House

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2012 file photo, U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, D-N.J., center, speaks along with Reps. Pat Meehan, R-Pa., left, and Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., at a news conference in Clarksboro, N.J. Andrews will leave Congress within weeks after 23 years in office, according to a person with direct knowledge of the New Jersey Democrat's plans. The 56-year-old was first elected to Congress to represent a district outside Philadelphia in 1990. He intends to join a law firm with offices in Washington as a senior partner. A congressional ethics committee has been looking into Andrews' spending after reports more than two years ago that he was using campaign funds for frequent trips to California, where his daughter had a fledgling singing and acting career. (AP Photo/Geoff Mulvihill)

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FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2012 file photo, U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, D-N.J., center, speaks along with Reps. Pat Meehan, R-Pa., left, and Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., at a news conference in Clarksboro, N.J. Andrews will leave Congress within weeks after 23 years in office, according to a person with direct knowledge of the New Jersey Democrat's plans. The 56-year-old was first elected to Congress to represent a district outside Philadelphia in 1990. He intends to join a law firm with offices in Washington as a senior partner. A congressional ethics committee has been looking into Andrews' spending after reports more than two years ago that he was using campaign funds for frequent trips to California, where his daughter had a fledgling singing and acting career. (AP Photo/Geoff Mulvihill)

HADDON HEIGHTS, N.J. - Democratic Congressman Rob Andrews will leave the House of Representatives in two weeks after 23 years in office.

The 56-year-old is leaving the Capitol on Feb. 18.

He intends to join a law firm with offices in Washington. He says the job just opened and he "had to make a decision this weekend."

Andrews was first elected to Congress to represent a district outside Philadelphia in 1990.

A congressional ethics committee has been looking into Andrews' campaign spending after reports that he was using campaign funds for trips to California, where his daughter had a fledgling singing and acting career.

His departure will end that inquiry.

The seat will be open until the general election in November.

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