NEWARK – Ocean County gave Gov. Chris Christie strong support he used to drive Jon Corzine from office, but now that GOP bastion faces a potentially tougher object: linebacker Jon Runyan, a Republican from Burlington County who’s retiring from football to go after U.S. Rep. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill).
Adler defeated Republican opponent Chris Myers in 2008, but only after the Burlington County-bred Myers beat up Ocean County son Freeholder Jack Kelly in the GOP primary.
Reveling at the Chris Christie gubernatorial bash tonight at the Prudential Center, Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore wouldn’t speculate on another primary bloodbath between Runyan and an Ocean candidate offered by Gilmore’s seaside organization.
“We’re all going to take a deep breath, and then we’re going to sit down and work it out,” said Gilmore.
The band now languishes its way into the Tom Waits classic, “Jersey Girl,” and the line, “cause down the shore, everything’s all right,” elicits a roar.