NJ Assembly speaker won't seek re-election

TRENTON, N.J. - September 2, 2009 The Camden County Democrat announced his pending retirement to South Jersey lawmakers during a breakfast meeting in Cherry Hill. He's planning to hold a press conference at the Statehouse later Wednesday.

Assemblyman John Burzichelli of Thorofare, who was at the meeting, says Roberts has decided to pull his name from the November ballot, ending months of speculation that he was preparing to step aside.

The Star-Ledger of Newark reported the 57-year-old is expected to be replaced on the ballot by Donald Norcross. Norcross is co-chairman of the Camden County Democratic Committee and brother of South Jersey political boss George Norcross.

Roberts did not return two calls for comment.

Follow Action News on Twitter

Get Action News on your website

Follow Action News on Facebook

Click here to get the latest Philadelphia news and headlines from across the Delaware and Lehigh valleys.

Copyright © 2023 WPVI-TV. All Rights Reserved.