MOUNT LAUREL – Making another appearance in the “most important race in New Jersey,” Gov. Chris Christie told supporters of 3rd District candidate Jon Runyan that without claiming the seat of incumbent U.S. Rep. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill), Republicans cannot reclaim majority in the House.
“This is a district that should be represented by a common-sense Republican,” Christie said, not a “Corzine-liberal” Democrat.
“This is the beginning of sending John Adler back to practicing law,” Christie said to applause.
“He’ll out-spend you. I know what that’s like,” he said. “We just have to work harder.”
Runyan said, “”All the energy, all the sweat, all the tears you put into it, that makes victory that much sweeter.”
“We still have a lot of work to do … I know it’s not going to be easy,” he said. “I think I’m up for the challenge.”
“I think the governor said it well,” Runyan told the crowd. “Out of all the people to throw in front of this runaway train, I’m probably the best person.”
Adler is guilty of “fake advertising,” Christie said: “He’s not who he says he is.”
“This is the first time I heard John Adler say he’s a moderate,” Christie said, reaching back to Adler’s days in the state Senate to prove his point.
“He’s going to make you proud,” Christie told the crowd of supporters gathered in his strip mall headquarters. “Jon Runyan in, John Adler out.”
Christie again mentioned his father’s support for Runyan, working in the phone bank and proudly telling callers he’s the governor’s dad before laundry listing them on Runyan’s talking points. “He’s working harder for Jon that he did for me last year,” Christie joked.
Assemblywoman Dawn Marie Addiego (R-Evesham) – a rumored favorite to succeed state Sen. Phil Haines (R-Springfield), and who stood at Christie’s right hand during the rally – said longtime GOP Congressman Jim Saxton acted as a “firewall” for local Republicans atop the ticket at election time.
She told PolitickerNJ, “We’re hoping that Jon is going to be that.”