June 9, 2010

FOOTBALL HERO:

Runyan's GOP primary run is good (JASON NARK, 6/09/10, Philadelphia Daily News)


AS AN NFL STAR, Jon Runyan had epic battles with New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan on Garden State turf at the Meadowlands.

As a rookie Republican candidate for Congress, though, he'll square off against a Harvard-educated incumbent who's been in the political game for more than 20 years.

Runyan, 36, of Mount Laurel, won the Republican nomination last night in his first foray into politics and will face first-term incumbent U.S. Rep. John Adler in November for the 3rd Congressional District in New Jersey. [...]

With the support of the GOP establishment, Runyan defeated Justin Murphy, 44, an attorney and "Reagan Republican" from Medford. Murphy, who had a strong showing in the 2008 district race, had support from many tea-party groups and the endorsement of the Inquirer.

Analysts say national eyes will focus on New Jersey to see whether Runyan can reclaim a seat the GOP once held for more than a century.

Despite lackluster fundraising during the placid primary, analysts say Runyan has an advantage in the conservative-leaning district and an extra push from an anti-incumbent sentiment sweeping the country. In November, New Jersey voters ousted Gov. Jon Corzine and elected tough-talking Chris Christie.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 9, 2010 5:54 AM
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