TRENTON – The burgeoning candidacy of former NFL star Jon Runyan should be taken seriously, says state Sen. Donald Norcross’s (D-Camden).
“The climate in our country right now makes elections challenging at any level,” says Norcross, when asked if Runyan poses a heart-breaking threat to U.S. Rep. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill).
Having won a 3rd District Congressional seat that was in Republican hands farther back than anyone can remember, Adler now looks to try to fend off an energized Republican Party, which looks to be building force behind Runyan.
“The challange for John is to continue to serve his constituents,” says Norcross.
In a move that signaled the congressman’s attentiveness to the longstanding dimensions of the district, Adler last year didn’t back the public option health care plan in Congress.
But Norcross says he has taken advantage of the economic stimulus program endorsed by President Barack Obama.
“He’s brought money home,” Norcross says. “The joint base has received funding for several projects.”
Also, Adler is now signaling he may endorse the new health care reform bill.