Former Philadelphia Eagles star Jon Runyan will formally kick off his bid for Congress on March 18 at the Mount Laurel Westin. Runyan is the leading candidate to challenge freshman U.S. Rep. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill) in a traditionally Republican district that Adler won 52%-48% in 2008.
“The professional politicians created the problems our country and state are facing and we can’t trust them to fix it,” said the 36-year-old Runyan, who retired from the NFL earlier this year after a fourteen year career. “I will proudly run this race as a fiscal conservative who believes America’s greatness lies not with its government, but with its people. Reckless government spending won’t create jobs and revitalize our economy, putting money back into the pockets of hardworking Americans will. As a Congressman, I will make it happen.”
Runyan said his campaign will portray Adler as a tax and spend big government insider whose votes as a state senator and congressman contributed to the state’s economic problems.
“John Adler voted with Jon Corzine to tax, spend and borrow New Jersey to the brink of bankruptcy and then he went to Washington, DC and cast his very first vote in the House to elect Nancy Pelosi as Speaker,” said Runyan. “He followed that with votes for the largest spending increase in history courtesy of a $1 trillion failed stimulus bill that cost us jobs, and the single largest tax increase in history with cap and trade. ‘John Adler the moderate’ is a myth, and I’m going to debunk it.”
Adler was elected in 2008, the first Democrat to win the seat in 124 years, after twelve-term U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-Mt. Holly) retired. Adler served as a Cherry Hill Councilman before ousting Republican State Sen. Lee Laskin (R-Cherry Hill) in 1991.
Last year, GOP gubernatorial candidate Christopher Christie beat Corzine in the district by 21 percentage points.