Don’t rule out a football player running for the CD 3 seat, but at least one source says establishment GOP support won’t likely materialize for another curious former Philadelphia Eagles player.
In recent days, Garry Cobb reached out to the Republican Party to inquire about the availability of the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-3), the offensive lineman turned federal lawmaker.
One source told PolitickerNJ.com that while the party appreciates Cobb, he presents a challenge that could make him a non-starter as a candidate.
When Democratic attorney Shelley Adler opposed Runyan in 2012, the GOP made an issue out of her residency in Cherry Hill, which does not occupy the Third Congressional District.
It did, when Ms. Adler’s late husband U.S. Rep. John Adler (D-3) served in Congress, but exited in place of Brick on the GOP’s successful 2011 redistricting map.
Cobb also lives in Cherry Hill and the GOP wants to avoid the appearance of hypocrisy.
Simultaneously, party members in both CD 3 counties – Ocean and Burlingon – continue to entertain the possibility of backing former Burlington County Freeholder Bruce Garganio, whose membership in the Carpenters Union helps blunt a powerful mostly Democratic Party-branded operation and the professional home of Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7), a rising Democratic Party star in Burlington.
A GOP source told PolitickerNJ.com that part of the concern with Garganio includes the threat of former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan entering the race and coalescing the Tea Party and conservative wing of the party in a Republican Primary.