GOP still has no challenger to Adler

Less than sixty weeks remain before the 2010 midterm elections, and Republicans still don’t have a candidate to challenge freshman U.S. Rep. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill) in a district they held continuously from 1884 to 2008, and where their candidate won 48% of the vote in the last election. During his first six months in office, Adler raised more than any other House freshman, and had $869,275 cash on hand as of his last report. If the GOP were to pick their candidate today, he/she would need to raise $25,000 a week for the next year just to remain financially viable.

Former Medford Mayor Christopher Myers, who ran a strong race against Adler in 2008, is not expected to run. Instead, he is expected to move to a State Senate seat later this year after Philip Haines becomes a Superior Court Judge. Another top contender, State Sen. Diane Allen (R-Edgewater Park), seems focused on helping to elect Christopher Christie governor. She is sending signals that she will not run for Congress.

New Jersey’s thirteen incumbent Congressmen, ranked in order of their war chests last July:

Frank Pallone: $3,770,842
Steve Rothman: $1,858,569
Bill Pascrell: $1,316,328
Frank LoBiondo: $1,167,179
Donald Payne: $1,148,992
Rush Holt: $509,221
Rodney Frelinghuysen: $485,533
Leonard Lance: $263,807
Albio Sires: $263.494
Scott Garrett: $228,888
Rob Andrews: $173,442
Chris Smith: $117,494

GOP still has no challenger to Adler