Former Philadelphia Eagles star Jon Runyan will formally kick off his bid for Congress on March 18 at the Mount Laurel Westin. Runyan is the leading candidate to challenge freshman U.S. Rep. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill) in a traditionally Republican district that Adler won 52%-48% in 2008.
“The professional politicians created the problems our country and state are facing and we can’t trust them to fix it,” said the 36-year-old Runyan, who retired from the NFL earlier this year after a fourteen year career. “I will proudly run this race as a fiscal conservative who believes America’s greatness lies not with its government, but with its people. Reckless government spending won’t create jobs and revitalize our economy, putting money back into the pockets of hardworking Americans will. As a Congressman, I will make it happen.”
Runyan said his campaign will portray Adler as a tax and spend big government insider whose votes as a state senator and congressman contributed to the state’s economic problems.
U.S. Rep. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill) is in a tight squeeze between left and right.
The freshman congressman's voting record so far is not all that different from his Republican predecessor, Jim Saxton - a moderate Republican. But his opposition to the health care bill and his amendment that loosened auditing regulations for smaller corporations - seen by consumer advocates as weakening the Sarbanes-Oxley law -- have drawn the ire of progressives, some of whom staffed his campaign last year.
Republican leaders in Adler's district, on the other hand, believe that he's pulling the moderate card in his first term only to shift left once his incumbent status is more secured.
Jay Lassiter, a South Jersey Democratic activist who was the Adler campaign's new media director, sees Adler's voting record as preserving the area's status quo in representation - minus the seniority.
"The new Adler votes a lot like Saxton and [state Sen. James] Beach votes a lot like the old Adler," said Lassiter. "Which would be fine if we didn't lose all that tenure in the process."Read More >
Since he left Congress at the beginning of this year, Michael Ferguson has cut the balance of his old campaign account in half. He started the year with $113,446 cash on hand, and had $54,911 in the bank as of the end of September. Now a Washington lobbyist, Ferguson has contributed $20,000 to campaign accounts and political action committees connected to some former House colleagues.
Ferguson gave $4,000 last May to Joe Wilson, the South Carolina Congressman who later drew national attention when he called the President a liar during a joint session of Congress. He also gave $5,000 to House Minority Whip Eric Cantor's PAC, and $4,000 to former House Minority Whip Roy Blunt, who is running for an open U.S. Senate seat in Missouri. Ferguson also contributed to a Senator from North Carolina (Richard Burr, a former House colleague), and Congressmen from Kansas, California, Nebraska, and Michigan.
In New Jersey, Ferguson used his campaign account to contribute $3,400 to Republican gubernatorial candidate Christopher Christie. That is Ferguson's lone contribution from his campaign to local GOP candidates.Read More >
Former Republican Congressman Jim Saxton endorsed ex-U.S. Attorney Chris Christie for governor today.
Saxton, who left the House in January after serving 24 years, said that Christie “will get our state's economy back on track and his proven leadership will provide the platform for improvements in all areas of our state.”
"As someone who has fought to keep jobs in New Jersey, I know Chris's business-friendly plan will reduce taxes for small businesses, break down overbearing regulation, and create an environment where job creation is a reality,” he said.
Christie has the endorsement of all but one sitting Republican Congressmen. U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage) has remained neutral.Read More >
Moorestown investor John Culbertson said today that he is not interested in running for Congress in 2010.
“I’ve given a lot of thought. I’ve actually spoken to a number of people and consulted a variety of folks, and I’ve decided that 2010 is not the right time for me to run – primarily for personal reasons,” said Culbertson. “I am not a candidate for 2010, but I am certainly interested if the time is right in the future.”
Although he did not have much of a history with the Republican Party in his native Burlington County, Culbertson was an intriguing candidate to some GOP insiders because of his ability to self-fund.
Republicans are working hard to recruit a candidate early to take on freshman U.S. Rep. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill), who was the first Democrat to win a seat in the 3rd District since the late 19th century. Adler, obviously aware that national Republicans plan to target his seat next year, raised almost $500,000 last quarter.Read More >
One major obstacle for Diane Allen as a potential candidate for Lieutenant Governor is the objection of Burlington County Republican leaders who have been feuding with the popular South Jersey State Senator from the last two years. Allen, a former TV anchorwoman has proven herself as a strong vote-getter in the suburban Philadelphia region, winning five successive general elections in a Democratic-leaning district.
Allen nearly entered the race for Congress in 2008 after Jim Saxton announced his retirement, but withdrew when it became apparent that her home county organization would not support her. Some pundits think that Allen would have kept the seat in Republican hands against Democrat John Adler, who won the seat 52%-48% against the lesser known Christopher Myers. The same pundits say that Allen’s presence on the ballot might have prevented Republicans from losing two Freeholder seats and the County Clerk’s office.Read More >
At their election night party in Mount Laurel, while Burlington County Democrats were ecstatically watching the best returns they've seen in recent memory roll in, local Democratic chairman Rick Perr followed newly minted Congressman-Elect John Adler's (D-Cherry Hill) victory speech with a joke that lent a sobering reminder to an otherwise heady atmosphere.
"Hey John, when does re-election start?" he said.
The answer: immediately.
After losing a seat that their party held for 124 years, national Republicans have stressed to local party leaders that they should start fielding potential challengers to Adler as soon as possible. Not that they needed to tell that to Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore and Burlington County Republican Chairman Bill Layton, who head up the GOP in the two counties that dominate the 3rd Congressional District (Camden County has one town, Cherry Hill, in the district).Read More >
New Jersey Republicans will face some pressure from the national GOP over the next few months to settle on their candidate to challenge freshman U.S. Rep. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill) in 2010. Adler won the seat of retiring twelve-term Republican Jim Saxton last year with 52% -- the first Democrat to win the seat since Thomas Ferrell ousted two-term Republican George Robeson with 50.1% in 1882.
Republicans think they can beat Adler next year, but the National Republican Congressional Committee is sending signals that they want the candidate in place soon so that he or she can begin fundraising. That's what Adler did in 2006, before Saxton had announced his intention to retire. If the third district Republican candidate does not meet certain early fundraising goals, sources say that the NRCC might not become fully engaged in the race, according to one House Republican staffer familiar with NRCC operations.Read More >
When Jim Saxton and Mike Ferguson leave Congress tomorrow, New Jersey will have nineteen living former Congressmen. The oldest is Peter H.B. Frelinghuysen, the 93-year-old father of U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen. He first won an open seat in 1952 and served until his retirement in 1974. The youngest is the soon-to-be-unemployed Michael Pappas, 48, a Republican who won an open seat in 1996 and lost his bid for re-election to a second term two years later. Pappas works for the Small Business Administration and will likely lose his job when the new administration takes office this month.Read More >
If Republicans can't beat John Adler in 2010, chances are they never will. If Adler wins a second term, watch for mapmakers to take take some heavily Republican Ocean County towns out of his district when new congressional districts are drawn for the 2012 elections. Adler scored a 52%-48% victory last week over Republican Christopher Myers for the seat of retiring twelve term U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton -- a seat Democrats hadn't won since 1882.
Republican insiders say that Myers isn't likely to get a second shot at the seat, and that the favorite candidate could be former major league baseball pitcher Al Leiter. Leiter, a Toms River native who has said he wants to run for office someday, has turned down several offers to seek U.S. Senate and House seats in recent years. Other possible Adler opponents include: State Sen. Diane Allen (who must first heal wounds in a very fractured Burlington County Republican organization); State Sen. Phil Haines; Assemblywoman Dawn Addiego; Assemblyman Brian Rumpf; and Ocean County Freeholder Jack Kelly, who lost the '08 GOP primary to Myers.Read More >
The man reported to be at the center of a controversy over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge is resigning from the Port Authority, according to published reports.Read More >
Lance looking to ensure CD 3 ‘remains in Republican hands’ LAWRENCEVILLE – U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) was no stranger on the campaign trail for Steve Lonegan. When the former Bogota mayor made a bid for the U.S. Senate, Lance traveled outside of his district to celebrate Lonegan’s primary...
By Christopher Durkin Many New Jersey lawmakers have fought to make it easier to vote. And there has been considerable progress in terms of voter access and information. Voter registration has been made easier, with forms available online that... Read More >
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