A former FBI agent and current Brigantine resident announced Sunday he would seek the Republican nomination for the 2nd District congressional seat held by U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, who said he will not seek re-election this year.
“For over 23 years, Congressman LoBiondo has served all of the residents of southern New Jersey with honor and distinction,” Robert Turkavage said in a press release announcing he would run for the seat. “LoBiondo was a true believer in the notion that the private sector, not the government, creates jobs and fosters economic growth.”
Turkavage said he believes South Jersey residents are entitled to the same representation LoBiondo, a fellow Republican, provided. He also said he wants to seek consensus with the opposing party and legislate for future generations.
“Every vote I cast will be weighed against three benchmarks: Is it good for my constituents? Is it good for my country? And most importantly, is it good for our children?” Turkavage said.
Turkavage was employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for more than 32 years. He worked as a supervisory special agent of both the public corruption and government fraud squads for New York City.
After 9/11, Turkavage supervised the Office of Intelligence analytical squads.
He retired from the FBI in 2005 and began working as a vice president with JPMorgan Chase Bank in New York City, where he worked with the fraud prevention unit.
Turkavage ran as an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2012 and as a Republican in 2014.
In 2016, he campaigned in New Hampshire and New Jersey for presidential candidate John Kasich. He was a New Jersey delegate for the campaign and helped with getting Kasich’s name on the New Jersey ballot.
Several Democrats have announced bids for LoBiondo’s seat in their party primary.
State Sen. Jeff Van Drew, who represents all of Cape May County and parts of Atlantic and Cumberland counties in the state Legislature, announced in November his intention to run.
Sean A. Thom, a Cumberland County resident who serves as a school administrator in Camden, announced in June he would seek the seat.
Tanzie Youngblood, a retired educator and longtime resident of Woolwich, Gloucester County, announced in July she would run.
LoBiondo announced on Election Day he would retire at the end of his term and not seek re-election in 2018. He has been in Congress since 1995, when he succeeded Democrat Bill Hughes.