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Chris Christie, the top Republican contender for the 2016 presidential nomination, announced Monday that he will not seek reelection in the state’s 6th Congressional District.

The announcement by Christie, who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2002, came hours after the state attorney general announced that he had filed a criminal complaint against Christie, saying that he used his office to try to extort money from the families of three victims of Hurricane Sandy.

“The governor has repeatedly shown an outrageous disregard for the lives and well-being of New Jerseyans by using his power as governor to seek money from families of Sandy victims and for personal enrichment,” state Attorney General Christopher Porrino said in a statement.

“These are not just excuses, these are criminal acts that have now resulted in the Attorney General filing this criminal complaint.”

Christie has faced criticism from Democrats, who have called his decision to not seek re-election “unfortunate.”

The Attorney General’s Office has said that Christie used the power of his office “to seek a profit” from Sandy victims, who are represented by the state bar.

“He’s just the latest politician to be accused of trying to extricate himself from the suffering of those who were most affected by Hurricane Sandy,” Democratic state Rep. Jim Ward said in an interview with MSNBC.

“He’s been in office for four years, and he has a long record of abusing power to take advantage of people.

It’s just really unfortunate.”

Porrino also said Christie “is a liar and a crook.”

“There is no excuse for him to use his office for personal gain,” Porrinos office said in the statement.

Porrinos office has filed four civil lawsuits against Christie for “personal enrichment” and other counts, and has been sued by two victims of Sandy.

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