Assemblyman Brian Rumpf (D-Little Egg Harbor) has never met Jon Runyan, but he said today that there is “some potential” that Ocean County Republicans could endorse the former Eagles tackle to run against U.S. Rep. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill).
“I see that as having some potential if Jon Runyan is able to express himself in such a way to demonstrate that he is the best candidate,” said Rumpf.
Runyan, who lives in Burlington County and has the all-but-official support of its Republican organization, will screen with Ocean County Republicans later this month, along with four other potential candidates from Ocean County, including Toms River Committeeman Maurice “Mo” Hill.
Runyan’s early entrance into the race in November – pushed by the upper echelon of Burlington County Republicans – turned off Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore. But Runyan has kept a low-profile since returning from San Diego after finishing his football career with the Chargers, making no public appearances and raising no money.
Rumpf, who does not know whether he will be a member of the Ocean County Republicans’ screening committee, does not fault Runyan for not making the rounds in Ocean County yet.
“I realize it’s early in the process,’ he said.