New Jersey state Sen. Jim Whelan (D) plans to retire and will not seek another term in the Senate in 2017, according to a political website..

POLITICO New Jersey sights two sources with knowledge of Whelan's plans, who spoke with anonymity, saying Whelan, 68, plans to make the announcement official Wednesday during a meeting with the editorial board of the Press of Atlantic City.

Whelan, the former mayor of Atlantic City and state Assemblyman, was sworn into the Senate in 2008.

When contacted by POLITICO New Jersey Tuesday, Whelan refused to confirm or deny the report he plans to retire. "Why don't you call me tomorrow? Literally."Whelan said.

Should Whelan choose not to run again, the likely Democratic candidate to run in his place would by Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo.

Here is YouTube video of Whelan at a public pension meeting in 2015.

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