GOP state senator, Christie ally announces retirement

A Republican state senator who is a member of Gov. Chris Christie’s New Jersey presidential leadership team is retiring.

A spokesman on Friday said state Sen. Kevin O’Toole will not seek re-election when his term ends in 2018.

O’Toole, who represents parts of Bergen, Essex, Morris and Passaic counties, has served in the Legislature for 22 years, 11 in the Senate and 11 in the Assembly.

In a statement, O’Toole said he believes it’s time for a younger generation of officials to “have their chance.”

O’Toole is one of a number of legislators on Christie’s leadership team. He defended Christie against a Democrat-led committee investigating the George Washington Bridge Scandal.

In December 2014, O’Toole and other Republicans released a scathing report on the investigation, arguing it was overtly political.

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