It's not often a congressional seat opens up in New Jersey – so you would think that all editorial eyes would be focused on any and all campaign story angles in the open districts – especially the hometown dailies.
So when the 3rd District (Burlington-Ocean-Camden) campaigns closed their fundraising books for the 2nd quarter and candidates started reporting cash-on-hand, it should have made some news.
Show us the money!
Dem Adler is rolling in dough – compared to GOP Myers' bank account — with $1.9 million reportedly raised in his campaign war chest. That's more than most incumbents in the state.
Even the Burlington County Times – perhaps not wanting to show up the hometown boy – passed on the press announcements about the drained campaign coffers of Chris Myers. A bit odd given BCT's more than passing interest in Myers' nitty-gritty primary contest with Ocean County rival Jack Kelly and the money race between the two GOP rivals (BCT, 5/24/08 and BCT, 6/1/08).
Of interest, the Associated Press did run a weekend story about the two hottest races in the state — in the 3rd and 7th congressional districts. A few dailies ran the story including the BCT – but the Sunday print version cut 8 graphs which spotlighted the local race. Those edits left out a reported 14:1 fundraising advantage Adler held over Myers in mid-May.
Just for the record, The Press of Atlantic City – one of the other dailies in the 3rd district – ran the longer version.
UPDATE: Still no BCT news three days after Tuesday's FEC filings which show Adler with a 9:1 cash-on-hand advantage over Myers – once again more than most N.J. incumbents.