NJ politician returns months after quitting post

A New Jersey politician is seeking a seat in the state Assembly just one month after leaving his previous office due to a health problem.

Republican Joseph Howarth announced in September that he would not seek re-election to the Burlington County Freeholder board because of his struggles with Crohn’s disease.

His term expired in early January.

But now, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports he will run to represent the 8th District in the Assembly.

Burlington County Republican Chairman Bill Layton says Howarth has undergone surgery and his condition is much better now.

The seat Howarth is seeking is being vacated by Republican Chris Brown. No Democrats have entered the race so far.

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