Saxton chooses GOP heir apparent

January 10, 2008 3:38:41 PM PST
Thirteen-term Republican congressman from South Jersey Jim Saxton introduced the man he hopes will succeed him after retirement next January. He endorsed Chris Myers in the spring primary. Myers is a Navy veteran, a deputy mayor in Medford and vice president with Lockheed Martin.

Saxton and Myers gathered with family and supporters at the Medford Community Center.

Saxton will be 65 on January 22. He announced his retirement late last year, due to health issues.

He has been coping with prostate cancer but lately, sciatica in the back and leg has caused severe pain.

Saxton has represented New Jersey's 3rd district since 1982 when it was the 13th district.

He was born in Pennsylvania and is a former teacher and state lawmaker. He entered Congress in 1982 after winning a special election to fill the seat of Congressman Ed Forsythe who died in office.

A spokesperson said that Saxton, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee has been a friend of Myers for years.

Saxton believes that Myers will win the Spring GOP primary and be a good candidate to take on Democratic State Senator John Adler of Cherry Hill, in the race to succeed him.