Former President Richard Nixon plans to move his office from Manhattan to New Jersey to avoid what is becoming an intolerable commute, his spokesman said.

Nixon, who lives in Saddle River, N.J., plans to move into a 37,000-square-foot office by Thanksgiving, said spokesman John Taylor.

"He lately has been spending two and a half hours in traffic," Taylor said, noting that the 37th president plans sometimes to walk the 11/2 miles between his home and new office. Nixon, 75, now commutes to Manhattan in chauffeured limousines and sedans.

"Our main priority was to find an office close to his home," Taylor added.